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Nairobi News : November 18th 2013
news POOR PAY SH2,000 MORE FOR CLEAN WATER Monday, November 18, 2013 nairobinews.co.ke access the same amount of water their tapped counterparts do. The Nairobi City Wa- T ter and Sewerage Company (NCWS) charges its consumers Sh18.7 for up to 10,000 litres of water consumed but the poor pay at least Sh5 for every 20 litres they use. This means that the he city’s poor residents pay Sh2,000 more to untapped residents will pay Sh2,500 for the same amount bought from water vendors.This is the reality that most slum dwellers and even some estates face. Korogocho chief Nyabuto Omache said water vendors have also increased the price without warning. “When there is scarcity, the prices shoot up,” said Omache. For connected residents the more they consume, the less they pay. From the NCWS tariffs, consumers of more than 60,000 litres pay Sh53.80, translating to a shilling for more than 1,000 litres of water consumed. For other low income areas such as Kawangware and Kangemi, the lowest cost of untapped water is at least Sh5 for every 20 litres, but the cost can go up to Sh30. Arthur Situma, NN 9 Residents of Mathare slum fetch water from a vendor. File, NairobiNews A man walks towards one of the pre-independence houses in Shauri Moyo. The County has seven similar estates. Denish Ochieng, NairobiNews Eviction fears over plan to revamp homes Anxiety. County Hall intends to modernise estates, but has not pointed out the exact ones KIARIE NJOROGE, NairobiNews email@example.com modernisation of County government-owned estates. Even though no definite date E has been set for the project, the news that County Hall signed an agreement with a Chinese firm to develop 30,000 homes is raising concerns. According to a brief descrip- tion of the project issued by Governor Evans Kidero during the July signing, several lowincome rundown estates will be affected. Jeremiah Njuguna, a resident of Shauri Moyo said their anxiety was further heightened by the fact that the government had remained silent over the exact estates targeted. He added that fear was also rife that the houses could be hijacked by outsiders on completion of the project. Mr Njuguna said most of the astlands residents are wary of losing their homes in the planned residents in the 100-square feet rooms were descendants of retirees of the defunct City Council. All they have, he said, were the original allocation cards handed down to them. “No one knows what will happen to us once they start pulling down these houses for highrise buildings. How valid is a card that one’s father used to hold?” he asked. Lands and Planning Execu- tive Member Tom Odongo said his office was still working out the details. He was also noncommittal about the start date. James Ooko who lives in Jeri- cho estate was concerned about the ability of the residents to afford the new houses. “Most of us don’t earn that much so the Sh1,000 we currently pay for rent is affordable,” he said. the eastlands project • In August, Nairobi Governor Dr Evans Kidero secured Sh87 billion from the China Investment Bank for various infrastructure deals, key among them the regeneration of Eastlands. •The county government owns over 2,000 acres in the area which it expects to fashion into low-cost highrise apartments. •Some of the estates likely to be affected are Kaloleni, Shauri Moyo, Mbotela, Bahati, Jericho, Maringo, Buruburu, and Kariobangi South among others. •Most of these estates were build for local government workers in the early 1950’s.
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