November 21st 2017

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'Indian' candidate puts robust fight for Nairobi senate seat

The aspirant said he is determined to ensure the Nairobi County Government delivers services to all city residents especially on water which has remained a major challenge.

By Phillip MuleeWednesday, 05 Jul 2017 14:56 EAT

Rameshchandra Gorasia.

Kalonzo Musyoka’s Wiper Senatorial candidate for Nairobi Rameshchandra Gorasia is basing his manifesto on full implementation of the 2010 constitution on water sector. According to him, provision of of clean and safe water to all Nairobians is a fundamental right which leaders must aim to achieve.

“Primarily, the 2010 constitution acknowledges access to clean and safe water as a basic human right and assigns the responsibility for water supply and sanitation service provision to 47 newly established counties”, he told Kenya Free Press on phone.

He said his manifesto puts emphasis on water and if elected the next senator of Nairobi will push for the enactment of the law to ensure that the 47 governors present annual reports in the August House detailing how their respective Counties were addressing provision of clean and safe water.

Rameshchandra Gorasia is facing, Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) nominee Edwin Sifuna, Jubilee Party’s Johnson Sakaja, Zacharia Momanyi (Republican Liberty Party), John Wamagata (Safina), Dennis Nthumbi (Agano Party) and 23-year-old Suzanne Silantoi, who is vying as an Independent candidate

The Wiper candidate cites the 2016 Water Act which was passed by the 11th Parliament to align the water sector with the Constitution’s primary objective of devolution. The act recognizes that water related functions are a shared responsibility between the national government and the county government. It also gives priority to use of abstracted water for domestic purposes over irrigation and other uses.

Rameshchandra Gorasia says other key provisions in the Constitution that touch upon water include: affirmative action programs to ensure water for marginalized groups; the responsibility of the national government for management of the use of international waters and water resources and definition of national versus county public works.

The aspirant said he is determined to ensure the Nairobi County Government delivers services to all city residents especially on water which has remained a major challenge.

“Lack of proper planning is to blame for the water shortage experience in different parts of the city. It baffles me to see hand carts in almost all estates as hawkers’ trade on water. One wonders how clean and safe that water is?” he said adding "My motto is 'clean people, clean government, and brighter future,"

He said his aim is to fight corruption when elected to Parliament, and advises Kenyans to shun being bribed with few coins to vote bad leaders.

He is also riding on sanitation projects in more than 11 Nairobi schools among other community projects. He is also touring and assisting the vulnerable in city slums with food and other essential items such as clothing.

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