EDITORIAL: Plug governance loopholes

Kajiado County
Kitengela is a fast-growing township in Kajiado County. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Kenya’s governance system and structures are grossly dysfunctional. That is the surest conclusion one would arrive at just by looking at how the country conducts its affairs even in the most basic areas such as the provision of basic water and sanitation services.

Reports that residents of Kitengela, a satellite town to the South of Nairobi have been forced to fundraise and spend own money to build a sewer line is as deplorable as it is costly.

It denotes the utter failure of the Kenyan person, especially those in public service to understand some of the basic tenets of what’s known as government and what it exists for.

Kitengela is a fast-growing township in Kajiado County that is home to thousands of people who work in Nairobi – the capital.

A neck-break population growth in the townships has resulted in rapid real estate developments but with no supporting infrastructure culminating to a real lowering of the quality of life.


That both the national and county governments have not found it to be their obligation to build key infrastructure such as roads, water supply and sewerage systems even as they collect taxes such as land rates and rents is unacceptable.

To add insult to the injury, many local authorities, after failing to provide these critical services, have been sending their predatory public health officials to harass the very same people they have failed to serve.