The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) is implementing a strategy that aims at preventing and controlling pollution in a bid to save the deteriorating Athi River, whose water, residents claim is unsafe for use.
[L-R] Mwala MP Hon. Vincent Musyoka, Mr Robert Orina from NEMA, Ugunja MP Hon. Opiyo Wandayi and Kitui East MP Hon. Marcus Mutua Muluvi during a press briefing [PHOTO: COURTESY]
Ag. Deputy Director of Field Operation Mr Robert Orina said the Authority has already launched Athi Sabaki River Pollution Prevention and Control Strategy that aims at preventing pollution of Athi Sabaki system. The NEMA official was speaking when he led other government officials during a fact-finding inspection on pollution of Athi River on 18th November 2016 in Machakos County.
Mr Orina indicated that the pollution of the river was due to dumping of solid and sewerage waste from slums and factories from Nairobi and Kiambu Counties. He was accompanied by Members of the National Assembly Committee on Environment, Water and Natural Resource, Water Resource Management Authority (WRMA) officers, officers from the Ministry of Environment and public Administration.
This inspection comes after the Committee received a petition from Yatta constituents about pollution of Athi River. The area MP Hon. Francis Mwangangi who is also a member of the committee said that the visit was meant to establish facts about the reported menace and offer a solution.
The team made a stop at Kabaa on Athi River bridge. The river water at this location was green in colour and carried a lot of solid waste including hospital waste and domestic waste. Richard and Abedi, local farmers who use the river water, complained of the waste found in the river.
Director of Administration, Ministry of Environment Mrs Chepkonga promised the locals and Members of Parliament that NEMA and other lead agencies will take action on polluters in order to prevent pollution and a lasting solution.