Members of the County Assembly have raised eyebrows on the board of Management of Kirinyaga Water and Sanitation Company(KIRIWASCO) over mismanagement as highlighted by the Office of the Auditor General (OAG). Speaking while tabling a report of audited financial statement of the water company for the year ended 30th June 2021, Chairman of the Public Investment and Accounts Committee (PIAC) Hon. Peter Njiru noted that the Board of management had violated the Water Services Regulatory Board (WASREB) guidelines which stipulate that board members should meet on a quarterly basis and not sixteen times as has been the case with KIRIWASCO board. The Chairman, who is the Ward representative for Wamumu ward also noted that the board of management was receiving double per diems contrary to provisions of the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC). This he said is despite the company offering poor services to residents let alone operating on dilapidated infrastructure. Nominated member, Hon. Grace Kamau said that despite the water body enjoying a near monopoly, it was sad to note that it was collecting only 40 percent of the anticipated revenue. She further noted that low morale among staff was affecting the company’s main objective of providing clean water to residents. Her sentiments were in concurrence with those of Kariti Ward MCA Hon. Jeremiah Makimi who said that majority of residents had lost confidence with the management arguing that residents of Kariti were among the biggest casualties of the ongoing fiasco at the company. Similar observations were made by Kabare Ward MCA Hon. Dr. Isiah Mbogo who said that impunity and red tape were to blame for the current woes facing the company.Murinduko Ward MCA. Hon. Charles Nyaga complained that failure by the management to put its house in order should be a cause for alarm because water quality could be comprised even as Hon. Bernard Gichangi questioned the rationale of recruiting staff.PIAC chairman, Hon. Peter Njiru gave the Board 60 days to act on the committee’s recommendations failure to which it will be disbanded and a new one put in place. The committee also promised to invite other government investigative agencies should the board fail to heed to the stipulated recommendations within the set period

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