Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The 191st reminder.... to the PERSON/S CONCERNED - Burst sewage pipe... and the Council, continues..... (4th)

There's nothing strange about our water problems when one takes the story I'm about to relate below, into consideration. It seems that Kenyan society as a whole is, unfortunately, steeped in corruption and the few who don't tow this corrupt line are intimidated by the ones who do.

A friend of mine who lives on the Island, had been having billing problems since sometime late last year and so wrote a letter to the MOWASCO's Commercial Manager, to this effect. As is their wont, to date, his letter was never replied, but, last Friday a Mr. Juma who is working as a water meter reader, disconnected this meter despite being told that this matter was under dispute and the fact that it hadn't even been replied to or acknowledged.

This friend, had hand-delivered his letter and so had got a stamp of receipt on his letter which he had then photocopied, laminated and tied to the water meter to inform whoever might think of disconnecting his meter that it was under dispute with proof.

But, this Mr. Juma, seems to be a very questionable individual since he suggested to this friend that if he gave him an agreed sum of money, he would not only restore his meter, but, would make sure that the disputed amount on the bill would also be made to 'disappear'! He even gave his mobile number ), to this friend.

When my friend, refused to pay him anything and threatened to go to the Regional Manager to complain, this man told him that, it would do no good since NOTHING was going to be done and he would eventually have to 'conform' to his (Juma's), demands.

The story has reached the point where my friend did see the RM, Eng. Kinya, with all this bills, letter and this account (I was with him), but, when asked by the RM, to play a more pro-active role in catching this crook red handed, he refused. He says that he doesn't want to be intimidated and threatened by this Mr. Juma and his like-minded companions. Hence, this account, in the hope that our Regional Manager, Eng. Kinya, will be able to keep a sharp eye on this person and others like him who are in the employ of MOWASCO and CWSB, too, of course.

Now, with such crooks in our midst, is it any surprise that our waterlessness continues to worsen day by day, year by year and decade by decade.....?!

And how does a 'straight' person live peacefully in this unethical, unaccountable and lawless country such as this? Explain, please.

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