NEMA Ag. Director General, Mamo B. Mamo leading a cleanup exercise in Rongai town
[PHOTO: A. MWANGI/NEMA]
By Leonard Mutai
Ongata Rongai residents turn up in large numbers in a clean-up exercise to sensitize the community and create awareness on clean environment and solid waste management. The clean-up exercise which was sponsored by the county government managed to clean up various streets, open trenches and collecting scattered garbage in the centre. Kajiado county governor Joseph Ole Lenku led the teams from various government institutions, private sector and community based groups in a one day
The governor said that the county has set every last Saturday of the month as the clean up day. The exercise is done in rotational manner till every town is up to standard in cleanliness. He also ensure the residents that there will be timely collection of garbage and the resources will be provided by the county.
He was accompanied by the Acting NEMA Director General Mamo B Mamo, Kajiado CEC Environment
and Sanitation, James Sankale , Kajiado County NEMA director, Kapejo among other stakeholders.
The governor said waste management has become a challenge in the cosmopolitan region of Ongata
Rongai, Kiserian and Ngong, adding that more cleanup exercises will be held in those towns.
He urged residents to ensure the town is clean as it is their habitat and also hosts many people working in the Kenyas’ capital. He directed all the structure build on top of trenches to be demolished to allow the cleaners to remove the waste that may cause the blockage on drainage system.
Mamo B Mamo said NEMA as national environmental watchdog will fully support and partner with the county to ensure a clean environment. He noted that the some environmental activities devolve but NEMA shall not relent efforts of enforcing the law. He added that the strategy in collaboration with county governments is to make Rongai and other towns in the county clean by making awareness to community members on how to dump garbage.
On course of cleaning exercise, Mamo visited several flats and found that some discharge raw sewage to the sewer lines which is contrary to the law. To enforce the law the NEMA Director Kajiado was directed to follow up the issue and all the players to be arrested. He reiterated that the war on banned plastics is on course and the user will face severe actions. NEMA recently arrested over 10 people found using banned plastics. Kenya’s plastic bag ban came into effect in 2017 and has some harsh penalties.