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Governor Mike Sonko warns his counterpart Mwangi Wa Iria against interfering with the city’s water supply.

The water wars between Murang’a and Nairobi counties have taken a new turn after Governor Mike Sonko warned his counterpart Mwangi Wa Iria against interfering with the city’s water supply.

Governor Sonko on Thursday warned Wa Iria against pursuing a 25% payment from revenue collected from the sale of water to Nairobi residents.

Sonko asserted that Ndakaini Dam, which supplies 84 percent of the city’s water, is owned by the Nairobi County Government.

TITLE DEED

Sonko said his government does not owe the people of Murang’a anything as the land belongs to Nairobi and there’s a title deed in his possession to prove it.

According to Sonko, City Hall purchased the parcel of land on which the Ndakaini Dam sits and even compensated residents who were displaced from the water tower.

“Ndakaini Dam was acquired by Nairobi County and we the residents who had prior to the construction of the Ndakaini dam lived on the parcel of land, we have ownership documents for Ruiru Dam, Thika Dam and Ngethu in Gatundu,” said Sonko.

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In a thinly-veiled threat, Sonko said that Governor Wa Iria has a property constructed on a road reserve in Nairobi, hence he could also face action should he interfere with the Nairobi water supply.

‘I WILL DEAL WITH HIM’

“Wa Iria should not joke with us. I will deal with him if he touches Ndakaini dam. We will act on the building he has,” Mr Sonko said in a speech on Thursday.

He added that Murang’a leaders have no right to demand for anything from the Ndakaini water, saying it comes from Nyandarua and Nyeri counties and is only stored at Ndakaini.

“Murang’a people have no right to discuss about the water. We bought the land. We have the tittle deeds and most of the people who consume the water come from Murang’a; they should respect us,” Sonko said.

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