Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko has suspended the Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company (NCWSC) board of directors following the workers’ strike that has affected water supply in the city.
Sonko indicated on Tuesday (22/8/17) that they had met with the union officials and listened to their issues and decided to stop the board from doing business going forward.
“I will do an official communication to the board stopping them from transacting any business until all the grievances are heard and auditing is done,” Sonko noted.
On her part, the Nairobi County workers union representative branch secretary, Matilda Kimetto, said that they have been on strike over privatization of the company.
“We want an overhaul of the Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company (NCWSC) as its intention is to sell the firm and also fire the workers,” stressed Ms Kimetto.
The workers downed their tools last week and demanded renewal of the director’s contract.
The board that was chaired by Raphael Nzomo, declined to renew the contracts of managing director Philipp Gichuki and three other directors including Johnson Randu (Finance), Stephen Mbugua (Commercial) and Rosemary Kijana (Human Resource).
The workers said they read malice on the board’s decision.
“This same board which was planning to sell this company has now terminated contracts of four performing directors. They (board members) came here under very tight security, went to the board room and announced the decision,” branch Secretary Jebet Matilda stated.
“But we are saying we will not work, we will picket until these directors are brought back,” she added.
Governor Sonko was sworn in on Monday and listed access to water, better healthcare, proper sewage systems, reliable water supply, and well-maintained roads as some of his priorities.
“This important day is not historic because of the victory we celebrate today. Today is historic because there is finally hope for the people of Nairobi.
“I therefore stand before you today to declare that the old Nairobi has finally come to an end. Today we join our hands to embark on a journey to fix a city that has badly been broken down, to a cleaner, greener, healthier and wealthier city,” Sonko noted.
Some of the leaders who graced the inauguration were Deputy President William Ruto, former Governor Kidero, his deputy Jonathan Mueke and newly elected Nairobi Woman Representative Esther Passaris.