Kenyans Get a Guide To The Water Act

The Mount Kenya Ewaso Water Partnership (MKEWP), with support from the IFC and WRG 2030, have officially released a simplified version of the new Water Act 2016.

Endorsed by the Ministry of Water through the Cabinet Secretary, Eugene Wamalwa, the Guide To The Water Act will strengthen the engagement between counties, WRUA members and surrounding communities in the daily management of the available water resources.

The new law calls for local level participation in water management to ensure sustainable and equitable water use for all citizens. This GUIDE takes the legislation and focuses on the 100 most important aspects of the law that every Kenyan citizen should know.

The Guide To The Water Act is an innovation. It empowers all water users in guiding them as to their rights as well as their corresponding responsibilities towards ensuring the rights of others.”     Eugene Wamalwa

Launched on 15th November during the Kenya 2030WRG 5th Governing Board Meeting, the GUIDE was welcomed by numerous stakeholders, most operating outside MKEWP’s boundaries but all united through a vision to bring about sustainable solutions surrounding water access, use and management.

Vimal Shah, Chairman of Bidco Africa Ltd, and who co-chairs the WRG2030 Board with Mr. Wamalwa, further emphasised the importance of MKEWP’s initiative saying, “We must now stop blaming each other about the management of our water resources and instead work together in finding solutions. What the Partnership (MKEWP) has accomplished is fantastic and we must start looking at strengthening our relationships with platforms such as these. We should be able to replicate the MKEWP model across the country!”.

Laikipia Wildlife Forum (Secretariat to the MKEWP) supports the partnership in these efforts and supervised production of the GUIDE. The Partnership will distribute the GUIDE to members in January 2018 during the MKEWP 2018 Membership drive.

For more information about how you can join and work with the MKEWP, please contact Stanley Kirimi (MKEWP’s Coordinator) on stanley.kirimi@laikipia.org

0726 500260.

 

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