- Citizen Digital
Police were on the morning of Wednesday, August 11, forced to lob teargas to disperse protesters who had blocked the Mombasa - Nairobi Highway after water supply was cut.
A clip seen by Kenyans.co.ke showed angry residents of estates along the busy highway barricade the road in the Bangladesh area using jerricans and hand-carts.
The protests resulted in a huge snarl-up that stretched for kilometers with motorists, especially truck drivers, forced to wait for hours as police addressed the chaos.
The protests followed an announcement by the government that several Nairobi and Mombasa city estates would experience water shortage for three days.Kenyans block Mombasa - Nairobi Highway on Wednesday, August 11, 2021.Citizen Digital
In Nairobi, those affected include the uptown Karen estate, parts of Gitanga Road, Amboseli Road, Sunset Estate, Sohill City Estates and their environs. The whole of Kawangware 56 and 46, Congo, lower parts of Macharia Road and environs.
The whole of Riruta Satellite, Kagondo, Muhuru Road, Upper Kabiria, Mithonge, Kamwanya, Kahuho Road, Ngina Road, Kikuyu Road, Waithaka Road and environs.
"This shut down will facilitate installation of suction mains and delivery headers for Dagoretti and Uthiru pumps at Kabete Pumping Station and commissioning of two new pumps to boost water from Kabete reservoirs to Uthiru Reservoir," read the report in part.
In Mombasa, a notice had indicated that residents from the city's west side had suffered acute water shortage after the Mzima pipeline broke down and was shut for repairs.
The pipeline burst at Tsavo East National Park.
"We would like to inform our esteemed customers that there is a shutdown on the Mzima pipeline to facilitate repairs of a burst pipe section inside Tsavo East National Park.
"This will affect mostly the wider west mainland areas including Miritini, Mikindani, Jomvu, Magongo and Changamwe," warned Mombasa Water Supply and Sanitation Company Ltd (Mowassco).
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