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Change of Guard at the Authority

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Reverend Dr. Samuel Mwangi is now the Chairman of National Water Harvesting & Storage Authority after his appointment by H.E. The President. He takes over from his predecessor Major Gen. (Rtd) Andrew Ikenye who was appointed to the ambassadorial post.

During the handover ceremony, the Acting Chief Executive Officer, CS. Sharon Obonyo thanked the outgoing Chairman for his great stewardship. CS. Obonyo noted that the Authority had achieved great milestones under the leadership of Mr. Ikenye.

She pointed out the following achievements made by the Authority during Maj Gen. (Rtd.) Ikenye tenure.

Improved project execution, improved Performance Contracting score, better management of financial resources that has resulted in partial settlement of pending bills. During the Financial Year 2021/2022, staff in all cadres were trained in various courses as per their respective duties and this boosted their morale.

The Strategic Plan 2022/2026 was launched in 2021 with the main purpose to crystallize and prioritize the strategic interventions that the Authority will implement within the period 2021-2026 towards fulfilling its mandate. The Plan helps the Authority to focus its efforts and serve as a resource mobilization tool for activities and projects planned for implementation within the stated time frame.

On his part, the outgoing Chairman Major Gen. (Rtd.) Andrew Ikenye thanked all staff and management for the cordial and professional work relationship they have had for the period he was the Chairman at the Authority.

Major Gen. (Rtd.) Ikenye said that he enjoyed working with everyone at the Authority because we gave him a chance and listened to him. He was very grateful to have been appointed to the Authority and despite staying for a short period, he had a quality time.

He told the new Chairman that this is a great and professional team that will get the Authority to greater heights. In order to achieve the Authority’s mandate, Mr. Ikenye advised the new Chair to work closely with the parent Ministry of Water, Sanitation and irrigation. He concluded by urging us to give the new Chair the same support that we accorded him.


The incoming Chairman Rev. Dr. Samuel Mwangi started by congratulating the outgoing Chair for his new appointment.

Dr. Mwangi said that he was glad to spearhead the mission of the Authority and for us to ensure that the Mission is realized; diversity, unity and oneness is key. Dr. Mwangi acknowledged that a lot has been accomplished and he is looking forward to picking up from where the outgoing Chair left.

The Chairman was pleased to learn about the Authority’s Core Values below and urged staff to always live up to the values in their daily operations.

Core Values -“STRAIGHT”

  •  Sustainability:          Implementing development projects that take into consideration the current and future generation’s welfare.
  • Transparency:         Acting in an open and honest manner in delivering our services.
  • Reliability:              Delivering our mandate with resolve, consistency and trust.
  • Accountability:        Answerable and acknowledging responsibility for our actions and decisions without shifting the blame.
  • Innovation:            Growth in creativity and being responsive to new ideas.
  • Governance:          Upholding principles of integrity.
  • Honesty:                Upholding a quality of fairness and truthfulness in our operations.
  • Teamwork:            Maintaining synergy in service delivery while ensuring professionalism.


Dr. Mwangi reiterated the need for new innovations that are result-oriented to meet customer needs especially as we start the new Financial Year. The Chair urged management and all staff to ensure the Authority achieves set targets in the Performance Contract as per set timelines. He said with the support of both internal and external stakeholders, he will discharge his mandate effectively.

Dr. Mwangi is the National Chair of the Akorino Faith and a Senior Lecturer at various universities. He served as the Chair of the Interfaith Council on Covid 19 prevention

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17

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