Cartels have managed to ensure the biting water shortage in the capital will go on till 2030 despite the heavy downpour across the country, Ndakaini dam remains half empty
Everyone in Kenya knows the extent at which cartels have deep roots in all sectors be it public or private they literally control everything from politics,agriculture,employment to service delivery. Fingerprints of their involvement across all sectors has been felt by the ordinary citizens from the artificial crop failure culminating into maize shortage leading to importation of Mexican maize after farmers were given fake fertilizers to the Ndakaini Dam puzzle.
A word that shot to prominence after the now embattled lawyer Miguna’s used it consistently in his #DrainTheSwamp campaign slogan in the run up to the 2017 Nairobi gubernatorial race, the term cartel is now a household name
Before Miguna began calling out the cartels, the only cartel most of us who didn’t watch Narcos TV series where the god of drug cartels, Pablo Escobar featured prominently was written as Kartel in reference to controversial Jamaica dance hall artist Addija Palmer popularly known Vybz Kartel.
A cartel is an association of individuals who use their massive influence and connections to protect their personal interests ensuring their desirable state of equilibrium isn’t interfered with at all costs.
Water shortage has been a menace to the Nairobi residents and it seems like it will not end soon since Ndakaini dam which acts as the main water reservoir is half empty with reports indicating the dam may fill up sometime in 2026, yes 2026.
The so called cartels have interfered with the supply system of this basic need so as to make people dependent on them in the long run making themselves filthy rich. How can it be justified when a whole residential area goes without waters for weeks yet the ‘self help youth group’ boys who own a car wash and waste collection points have taps that never go dry? Water vendors sell a 20 litre jerrycan for Ksh 20/= on a bad day it can go up to Ksh 60/= per 20 litre jerrycan. An average city household of 5 people uses approximately 100 Litres of water daily which is not enough for the entire household as other chores that require water are usually shelves. Life and death decisions on whether to bathe or use the water for cooking and kitchen chores are made on a daily basis affecting women and children. Outbreak of waterborne diseases has been the order of the day as the number of water boozers is par with Matatus a clear indication of how water is big business in this city.
The privatization of public land, encroachment of water ways and clearing of forest cover have been talking points on many city residents after heavy rains turned their sitting rooms into swimming pools and estates into seasonal lakes as rain water mixed freely with sewer exposing both adults and children to waterborne diseases.
One tends to wonder, what caused of these floods? Is it a case of poor urban planning,careless garbage management practices and poor waste disposal mechanisms. Cartels have littered the whole city through their night dumping activities converting any dark alley into a dumpsite. This garbage is carried away by rain water into the city’s drainage system leading to blockage forcing large volumes of water to spill over flooding estates.The stagnant water acts as breeding ground for mosquitoes as man holes are death traps in waiting
The cartels have interfered with our water ways through encroachment. Buildings have been constructed along waterways forcing rivers to find an alternative routes when they break their banks due to heavy rains leading to wanton destruction of property and loss of human life. Conservationist have warned us overtime , that if we fail to take care of nature, it will fail to take care of us that is what is happening now in the city and across the country.