Residents of Tatu City petitioned President William Ruto to intervene in the special economic zone management, citing the preferential treatment of foreign investors.
Led by the resident’s manager, Fred Ndegwa, the residents on Friday, November 11, lamented that they were being overcharged for utility services which they were poorly offered.
In particular, the residents lamented over the water they drink and the exorbitant electricity charges.
“Tatu City is supposed to provide residents here with water, electricity, a good sewerage system and ensure that everything is running to capacity as it should.
President William Ruto addresses the launch of the African Carbon Markets Initiative (ACMI) in El-Sheikh, Egypt on November 8, 2022.
State House “However, this is not the situation the management has been supplying residents with salty water,” he stated.
Further, the residents indicated that foreign investors in the area were getting clean water and better services than them.
“In all cases, these services are twice as expensive as those in non-SEZ areas. Electricity bills, for example, cost twice as much in Tatu as they would cost in the nearby Kamiti area.
“Tatu has also blocked internet providers from setting up shop. Its internet is so slow and has frequent downtime. You can barely make a call without it dropping,” a resident echoed.
Consequently, they demanded that the management allows other service providers to offer basic services explaining that it would improve the standards of living in the area.
Their representative, Fred Ndegwa, urged the government to revert the decision to make the area a special economic zone if the situation does not change.
“Let us be allowed to bring in competitive service providers to improve service delivery to those living here,” Ndegwa added demanding public inquiry into the matter.
Tatu city management was yet to respond to the matter by the time of publishing.
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