8 Kitui landlords arrested in crackdown over illegal water connections

Kitui county officials conducting a raid on illegal water connections. 8 landlords were arrested as a result. (Photo -Raphael/Mauvoo)

Eight landlords of residential apartments in Kitui Town and its environs were arrested over alleged illegal water connections.

The suspects were arrested following a sting operation conducted by officials from the County government water department and KITWASCO in conjunction with police officers.

Kitui Water and Irrigation Chief Officer Kioko Kiilu said the operation revealed that owners of the said plots had bypassed water meters and hence denied the water company revenue.

“The situation is shocking. We found that some of them have diverted unmetered water into wells and tanks to evade paying water bills,” explained Kiilu.

He lamented that the water theft had seen the company incur over fifty percent losses and unable to break even.

“KITWASCO is supposed to be making over 30 million monthly but we are unable to raise 15 million,” regretted the Chief officer.

Kioko added that the company is even unable to foot electricity bills, proving to the unsustainability of KITWASCO.

He warned that the operation will continue until all suspects are arrested and existing loopholes plugged in to guarantee the sustainability of the water company.

Kitui Water and Sewerage Company (KITWASCO) Managing Director Geoffrey Kitonga revealed that some company staff colluded with unscrupulous landlords to condone illegal water connections as some water meters were not counting despite water flowing to the buildings.

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