Councilman Stokes accuses Jackson mayor of mishandling water crisis


JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Over the last two days, Jackson mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba and Councilman Kenneth Stokes have had heated word exchanges regarding the handling of the city’s water crisis.

“All you’re trying to do is take the credit. Your people deserve more than that, the City deserves more than that. For 30 years, the City deserves more than that.”

Councilman Stokes fired back stating, “Is the mayor soft on crime because of his relationship with dope boys and or dope?”

But in the middle of the war of words lies the people of Jackson who have been dealing with a water crisis for 8 days.

“We got elderly people. We don’t have nothing. We aren’t worried about that bickering it’s nonsense. We need some help, that’s all we need.”

Annie Adams said for years her neighborhood has had problems that have been permanently addressed.

“We need water. Our ditches, the sewer issues just come over here and look anybody. We need help.”

Louann Winston agreed that the arguing is taking away from handling bigger issues that arise.

“The bickering between governors, mayors, city council needs to stop. Do what we vote you in to do.”

Winston and Adams said they hope someone will fix their roads, water and sewer problems soon.

Mayor Lumumba has not responded to the strong allegations Councilman Stokes. Water is still expected to flow in homes city-wide by the end of the week.

Click here to see a list of water distribution sites for Wednesday, February 24.

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