June 3, 2015
BRIAN OTIENO-THE STAR
Mombasa leaders have asked the county government to proactively address the flooding problem.During the Madaraka Day celebrations at the Mombasa County Stadium on Monday, the leaders said it is time to find a lasting solution to the floods.“No flooding should be witnessed in the second city in the country. We as leaders should sit down and address the problem once and for all,” speaker Thadius Rajwayi said.
Nyali MP Hezron Awiti said leaders should engage in dialogue instead of fighting for political supremacy.He said funds set aside to address the drainage problem were misused.The World Bank had sponsored the repair of the county’s drainage system to the tune of Sh1 billion.However, works on the project stopped late last year with Transport executive Taufiq Balala saying the contractor ran out of funds after doing 60 per cent of the work.Balala said the works will soon resume with the World Bank set to release more funds.Awiti said: “The flooding in the county is simply due to some leadership problem. This is a matter where leaders can sit down and talk and everything will be smooth once more.”Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nassir said he will set up a rescue team to address floods and other emergencies.He said waiting for help from the national government in times of crises does not serve the people of Mombasa right.“We are in the process of setting up the team,” he said before leaving the stadium for another commitment.Mombasa has been battling floods for the past few days and hundreds of residents have been displaced.