By Peter Kombe
Mombasa County Residents have expressed concern over the number of locals practicing open defecation popularly known as ‘flying toilets’ within the County.
Local based organizations have alleged that about 2.1 percent cannot access toilet facilities while 52.8 per cent of the residents have covered latrines.
The secretary Mombasa County Water Action Group Maureen Atieno said 27 per cent have an access to sewer/ septic tank infrastructure.
“Only 52.8 per cent of Mombasa locals have covered latrines while 27 per cent have an access to sewer /septic tank infrastructure.” She said
Atieno said 16.5 per cent have uncovered latrines while 7.5 per cent have wells, 13.6 per cent using boreholes and 25 per cent rely on vendors to supply water in their houses.
She noted that 52 per cent of the population have an access to piped water.
“A total of 16.5 per cent have uncovered latrines while 7.5 per cent have wells. 52 per cent have an access to piped water.” She noted
Mombasa County has 268, 700 households most of them unable to access sewerage facilities.
The activist however pointed out that according to the Mombasa county 2017 integrated county plan the county promised to rehabilitate 10 per cent of old infrastructure by 2017 at a cost of 1.7 billion.
She pointed out that the county also prioritized on putting up a recycling plant for re use of waste water from Kipevu 60,00- cubic metres at a cost of kshs 500 million.
“In the 2017 county integrated development plan, the county promised to rehabilitate 10 per cent of old infrastructure at a cost of 1.7 billion.” She stated
Atieno further outlined that as per the CIDP, the county promised to expand infrastructural network coverage from 480 km to 700 km at a cost of kshs 890 million which she claimed has not been fulfilled.
The human rights defender added that as per the CIDP the county prioritized on reducing non revenue water from 45 per cent to 25 per centat a cost of Ksh 445 million.
“The county prioritized on expanding the infrastructural network coverage from 480 km to 700 km at a cost of kshs 890 million.” She said
She said the county had promised to drill 10 boreholes and on site treatment and distribution plants each producing 2500 cubic metres per day at a cost of ksh 400 million.
The secretary outlined that on the issue of sewerage systems the county had promised to improve its coverage from 15 per cent to 35 per cent in the 2017 County integrated development plan.
The activist insisted that the MC-WAG is willing to partner with the county government to advocate for appropriate policies and ensure they are implemented saying that the county plays a significant role in creating a policy frame work that will facilitate improvements in water supply for the community.
“We are willing to partner with the county government to address the problem of water shortage within the county.” She said
She urged the county government to implement and adequately address any barriers to inadequate water distribution infrastructure and poor water supply management.
At the same time, Ali Abdalla chairman of the Mombasa County water Action Group said Mombasa county has had water problems since time immemorial.
He noted that the county government has a responsibility of conducting stiff awareness campaigns on the importance of water to the society.
“The problem of water shortage in Mombasa county has been there ever since.” He said
He said Kenyans are constitutionally enshrined to get cleaner safe and affordable water.
Meanwhile Joseph Kondo one of the group trustees urged the county government to bring back the water hydrants which he claimed has faded away.
He called on the county officials to regulate water vendors within the county citing flooding the water sector.
“We are calling upon the county government to bring back the water hydrants which existed in the past.” He said.