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National Water Harvesting and Storage Authority

Hifadhi Maji, Boresha Maisha

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Whistle- blower Policy
17 Aug 2021 14:37

NWHSA’s WHISTLE BLOWER POLICY The Public Service Commission (PSC) in conjunction with the State Corporation Advisory Committee (SCAC) issued the code of Governance for State Corporations; Mwongozo Code in 2015 to guide operations of State Corporations.  The Mwongozo Code advocates for ethical leadership, best practices in Corporate Governance and prudent management of public resources. While the government has initiated various reforms to curb corruption in the country, there is need for co [ ... ]

Anti-Corruption Policy
17 Aug 2021 13:36

Anti-Corruption Policy  The Authority is committed to ensuring zero tolerance to corruption hence we have put in place measures to curb corruption and promote integrity as enshrined in our value system. It is on this back drop that we have developed the Authority’s Anti-corruption policy whose main objective is to provide a framework to combat corruption and unethical conduct.  The policy will further lay a firm foundation that will develop a culture of accountability and transparency thro [ ... ]

The New ISO Standard
06 May 2021 07:47

ISO 9001:2015 is an International Standard dedicated to Quality Management Systems (QMS). It outlines a framework for improving quality and set procedures through which an organization carries out its operations in a consistent manner to meet the requirements and expectations of its stakeholders effectively and efficiently. The new standards were published in 2015, giving institutions a three year transition period to upgrade their ISO 9001:2008 certification to ISO 9001:2015. In view of this, N [ ... ]

Napuu Water Project
03 May 2021 13:02Napuu Water Project

    Napuu water project in Turkana County is now headed to the final stages of project completion. All the materials and items needed for completion of the project have now been delivered on site. These are; solar panels, pump, motor & accessories. The Authority aims to complete and hand over the project to the county government of Turkana by Mid-May 2021.  Turkana Deputy Governor H.E Hon Peter Lotethiro toured the project on Monday 26th April 2021 to assess progress and asked NWHSA to [ ... ]

Management Team
19 Jul 2019 15:21Management Team

    NWHSA's Management team oversees the day-to-day running of the Authority and ensures the Authority’s objectives are achieved. The team is led by the Chief Executive Officer who is also a member of the Board of Directors. CS. Sharon Obonyo          Ag. Chief Executive Officer CPA Patrick O. Ataro       GM-Finance & Corporate Planning Eng. Reuben Itiko           Chief Engineer, Construction & Electro Mechanical Duncan Ondulo               Chief Surve [ ... ]

Service Charter
18 Jul 2019 09:25Service Charter

This Service Charter sets out our commitments to our clients and stakeholders with regard to the quality of services that they expect from us. The Charter will improve awareness among our clients and stakeholders of the availability and quality of the services we offer.We are committed to continuous improvement in pursuit of client satisfaction and achievement of excellence in our operations.     To Download the Charter please click here  DOWNLOAD 2019 SERVICE CHARTER HERE


Authority's CSR Policy

The Authority has embarked on the development of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy. CSR is an organization’s commitment to manage the social, environmental and economic effects of its operations responsibly and in line with public and stakeholder expectations. CSR is strongly connected with the principles of sustainability. The Authority commits to make decisions based not only on financial or operational factors, but also on the social and environmental consequences.

The policy will be a self-regulatory mechanism through which we shall carry out our operations as guided by law, ethical standards and international norms. Additionally, we intend to continue embracing responsibility for our corporate actions and to encourage a positive impact on the environment and our stakeholders.

Therefore, it is the core Corporate Responsibility of National Water Harvesting & Storage Authority (NWHSA) to practice its corporate values through its commitment to grow in a socially and environmentally responsible way, while meeting the interests of interests of its stakeholders and the public.

The Acting Chief Executive Officer CS. Sharon Obonyo has welcomed the fast tracking of the policy saying she is eager to have the policy finalized and implemented soonest so as to guide the Authority’s CSR activities. The CEO added that the policy will align the Authority’s operations and activities with the expectations of its stakeholders so as to attain economic, environmental as well as social imperatives. 

“Through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), we aim to enhance our relationship with stakeholders, good corporate governance, build and keep public trust between the Authority and our stakeholders through solid working connections with both existing and new stakeholders." CS. Obonyo.

Below are the objectives of the CSR policy:

  • To align the CSR activities with the Authority’s strategic goals, objectives and values in an effort to make a positive difference in the society.
  • To foster successful interaction with governments, communities and other stakeholders. 
  • To contribute to charitable causes related to the Authority’s mandate and seek to participate in ways that touch people's lives in these communities.

Our Principles

  1. We recognize that we must integrate our core values and operations to meet the expectations of our stakeholders and the environment.
  2. We recognize that our social, economic and environmental responsibilities to these stakeholders are integral to our operations.
  3. We aim to demonstrate these responsibilities through our actions and within our corporate policies.
  4. We take seriously all feedback that we receive from our stakeholders and, where possible, maintain open dialogue to ensure that we fulfill the requirements outlined within this policy.
  5. Creating an awareness of how our activities have a local impact.
  6. Environment - ensure afforestation programs such as tree planting through raising a culture of environmental consciousness in communities surrounding our projects.

Our Focus

  1. We shall strive to improve our environmental performance through implementation of Sustainable Development and Environmental policies.
  2. We shall encourage dialogue with local communities for mutual benefit.
  3. We shall provide, and strive to maintain, a clean, healthy and safe working environment.
  4. We shall uphold the values of honesty, partnership and fairness in our relationships with stakeholders.

CSR Activities

We will engage and participate in CSR activities that are related to our mandate and environmental conservation. One of these activities is tree planting. The Presidential Directive Circular Ref. No. OP/CAB/26/1.3A dated 4th June, 2018 directs inclusion of tree planting in CSR activities of all government agencies.

We shall restrict our CSR activities to our project areas because these will be our area of operation. Further, all CSR activities shall be approved by management before they are implemented while considering availability of budget.  Most importantly, CSR projects or donations such as water storage tanks shall be properly branded as per the Authority’s brand manual specifications. The CSR policy already in place and has been given to staff and the board members for their input after which the final policy will be approved by the Board for implementation.



Authority's Communication Policy

National Water Harvesting & Storage Authority acknowledges communication as a critical tool of management and key to our Mission, Vision and Strategic Objectives. This policy has come at the time when we are transiting to the new ISO Standards 9001:2015. This will ensure that all communication from NWHSA is accurate, timely, consistent, coordinated, effectively managed and responsive to the diverse needs of our internal and external stakeholders.

The purpose of this policy is to provide understanding and guidance for the appropriate use of communication tools, including verbal, printed, and digital, by NWHSA’s Board, staff and stakeholders while conducting the Authority’s operations. Further, the policy will be instrumental in enabling us attain high-quality information about our projects, programs, services and initiatives. This will also be helpful during our stakeholder engagements where we aim to build more trust through mutual relationship.

One of our strategic objectives is to “Improve corporate image and enhance customer service.” This policy among others will help us achieve this objective through effective procedures and processes that will be established at all levels of the Authority. We shall thrive to promote effective planning, implementation and evaluation at all levels of our communications.

Acting Chief Executive Officer CS. Sharon Obonyo says the Communications Policy is critical to our brand visibility and corporate governance in that it ensures that we are visible, accessible and accountable to our stakeholders while upholding the principles of good corporate governance. She adds that we shall attain this through sound communication initiatives and programs that foster mutual understanding while building trust.

The Policy is intended to establish sound principles and guidelines of communication within and outside the Authority. It is an instrument for supporting planning, development, use of communication systems and resources to improve the overall productivity of the workforce and create a positive presence for the Authority. 

The Access to Information ACT, 2016 provides for the right of access to information by citizens under Article 35 of the Constitution. It states that public entities and private bodies should proactively disclose information that they hold in line with the constitutional principles. It is in this regard that the Authority‘s Communication activities should always inform and educate, emphasizing on its strengths geared towards maintaining a good reputation with its stakeholders. 

Most importantly, this policy will guide public participation and integrate communication to all Authority’s projects to support execution leading to projects success. The policy will link communication to the overall strategies of the Authority for effective and consistent operations.

The goals and objectives of the policy are:

  1. To provide a framework for the design of Communication Strategies and procedures for engaging with stakeholders.
  2. To streamline the Authority’s internal and external communication.
  3. To increase the Authority’s brand visibility.
  4. Cultivate and enhance confidence in the Authority’s reputation.
  5. Build trust and stakeholder value.

The policy has also proposed training of staff on communication skills. The Chief Corporate Communications Officer, Ms. Joyce Jepkemboi says the Authority recognizes that Communication skills must be developed and improved continuously for effectiveness of its operations. Consequently, the policy shall ensure that key personnel receive communication/media or presentation skills training in order to facilitate their individual performance when required to provide media briefings and take part in interviews or public engagements. Further all staff shall be trained or sensitized on basic communication skills and etiquette.



Access to Information Act, 2016 is anchored on Article 35 of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010. The Act of Parliament conferred the Commission on Administrative Justice (CAJ) with the oversight and enforcement functions. The Authority is aware that all Kenyan citizens have a right to access information and therefore recognizes that any information held by it, as an agent of the government, should be made available subject to the provisions of the Act. 

Information disclosure

When releasing information, NWHSA shall adhere to the following as per the Access to information Act, 2016. Article 4 sub-section 3 of the Act on Right to Information states that “Access to information held by a public entity or a private body shall be provided expeditiously at a reasonable cost. Further, Article 5 on Disclosure of information by public entities requires that a public entity shall facilitate access to information held by such entity and which information may include the particulars of its organization, functions and duties among others.

Just like the Authority’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), the communication draft policy is complete and has also been given to staff and the board members for their input. Once views from stakeholders are incorporated, it shall be approved by the Board before it is implemented.


By Joyce Jepkemboi

National Values & Principles of Governance

National values are the beliefs of a nation guiding the attitudes, actions and behavior of its citizens while Principles of Governance are the normative standards that oblige the state to perform its functions in a manner that promotes the general well-being of the people.

National values and principles of governance are of key strategic importance in the Republic of Kenya. This is buttressed by the fact that they are now enshrined in the constitution of Kenya which is the supreme law of the land.

The key goal underpinning the promotion of the national values and principles of governance among Kenyan individuals, families, communities and the nation  is achievement of the necessary social, economic and political transformation.
NWHSA upholds the principles of National values and governance. There is a committee in place which is chaired by the Acting Chief Legal Officer CS. Doris Mwangi that ensures implementation of the government guidelines and directives on the same.

The key constitutional provisions addressing national values and principles are:

  • The Preamble

The Preamble of the Constitution of Kenya 2010, recognizes the aspirations of all Kenyans for a government based on the essential values of human rights, equality, freedom, democracy, social justice and the rule of law.

  • Article 4(2)

This article stipulates that the Republic of Kenya shall be a multi-party democratic State founded on the national values and principles of governance referred to in Article 10.

  • Article 10(1)

National Values and Principles of Governance bind all state organs, state officers, public officers and all persons whenever any of them:
(a)    applies or interprets the Constitution;
(b)    enacts, applies or interprets any law; or
(c)    makes or implements public policy decisions.

  • Article 10(2)

The National Values and Principles of Governance are enshrined within the Constitution under this Article. The national values and principles of governance include—
(a)    patriotism, national unity, sharing and devolution of power, the rule of law, democracy and participation of the people;
(b)    human dignity, equity, social justice, inclusiveness, equality, human rights, non-discrimination and protection of the marginalized;
(c)    good governance, integrity, transparency and accountability; and
(d)    Sustainable development.

  • Article 132(1)(c)

The Constitution provides that the President shall once every year, report in an address to the nation, on all the measures taken and the progress achieved in the realization of the national values, referred to in Article 10.
The President is further required to publish in the Kenya Gazette the details of the report.

  • The Sessional Paper No. 8 of 2013

The Sessional Paper No. 8 of 2013 on National Values and Principles of Governance identifies the formation of National Cohesion and Values Committees to facilitate mainstreaming of national values and principles of governance.
The Authority has established the Focal Point Persons for Implementation of National Values Committee in compliance with the Constitution of Kenya 2010 and Sessional Paper No. 8 of 2013.
The committees play an important role in the preparation of the annual President’s report on the measures taken and progress achieved in the realization of national values.
The key roles of the Committee are to undertake the promotion, reporting, monitoring and evaluation of the Authority’s performance and compliance with the national values and principles of governance.

These roles are unpacked as follows:
i)   Promotion
The role entails:
a)    Coordination of training and sensitization
The Committee is required to:
•    Mobilize staff for sensitization/training;
•    Identify a training venue and make other logistical arrangements for the sensitization/training; and
•    Mobilize facilitators.
b)    Creation of awareness among staff members on performance contract targets on national cohesion and national values
The Committee is required to:
•    Sensitize staff members on the commitments and the national values
•    Identify commitments relevant to their mandate
•    Allocate targets for departments to track
c)    Participation in national cohesion and values forums

The Committee is required to:
•    Represent the Authority in forums where information on national cohesion and national values & principles of governance mainstreaming is shared.
•    Participate in the validation of Annual President’s report on the measures taken and progress realized in the promotion of national values and principles of governance.

ii.    Reporting
The Committee is required to:
•    Receive reports from departments
•    Coordinate compilation of Authority’s report
•    Validate the Authority’s report
•    Forward to the Accounting Officer/CEO for signature and submission to the    Directorate of National Cohesion and Values
The Committee should ensure:
•    Strict adherence to the reporting tool.
•    Timely submission of the report.

iii.    Monitoring
The role entails tracking the status of the respective initiatives as guided by the performance contract targets on national cohesion and national values.
The Committee is required to:
•    Monitor the progress of contracted performance targets.
•    Continuously appraise top management on the status of contracted targets.
•    Continuously document the Authority’s performance.

iv.    Evaluation
The Committee to:
•    Assess the implementation of the targets as captured in the Authority’s programmes and activities performance contract.
•    Participate in the validation of the Annual President’s Report on measures taken and progress achieved in the realization of the national values and principles of governance.
It is noteworthy, that these roles and activities are of a continuous nature and the Committee is fully committed in ensuring that the Authority complies with the national cohesion and national values in line with the Constitution of Kenya, 2010 and the Presidential directives.

Written by CS. Doris Mwangi
Chairperson Focal Point Persons for Implementation of National Values Committee
1st March, 2021

The Business Development Unit

The Business Development Unit

Drilling of boreholes

The BDU has been involved in drilling works across all the country's counties with a bias towards the arid and semi-arid counties of Wajir, Mandera, Kitui, Machakos, Makueni and Western & Nyanza region counties.

 Plant/Equipment Hire (Watermaster/Dredging Plant)

One of the greatest hindrances to the full utilization of dams and pans is siltation which gradually reduces the storage capacity of dams and pans. A great number of dams and pans have not been silted since their construction especially because of lack of disilting equipment. The Corporation has one such disilting equipment which has been seeded to BDU to be hired out commercially for such purposes. A recent case of hire of this equipment was by Kenya Maritime Authority (KMA) to remove water hyacinth on Lake Victoria. This machine has also been used in the past on Chinga dam in Ithaca and Bayete dam in Wareng.

 Construction of small dams and pans

The BDU has been engaging in the construction and supervision of dams and pans. There exists a wide market for such products especially with the advent of a devolved governance.

 Engineering Consultancy Services

The Corporation has a number of specialist professionals that could provide commercial consultancy services under the ambit of BDU which could be a potential source of revenue. Such specialists include: Engineers, Hydrogeologists, EIA Experts who could provide the following services: -

          - Ground water investigations

          - Design of small pan & dams

          - Design of water supply systems

          - Project supervision

          - Environmental audits.

Fleet Management

The rates of hire of such equipment are contained in the Exchequer and Audit Act (Cap 412) Legal Notice No. 53. This legal notice was only meant to cover the mechanical and transport fund operated by the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure which is now being widely applied by all Government Ministries and Departments including Parastatals.

Hire of vehicles, plant and machineries takes into account both normal hire rates and dry hire rates. Dry hire rates are a situation where the vehicle or plant is leased out to the user without the operator and fuel. On the other hand, normal hire rates include machines, operator and fuel. BDU intends to adopt these rates in its fleet management process.

Moses Gitonga Ntiritu Works