Fourteen people who have been burning tyres at Donholm interchange were today arrested by Nairobi county government officials in a joint operation with National Environmental Management Authority.
The group is said to be in the business of burning worn out tyes and reselling their metallic remains to various steel companies.
According to acting Environnment Director Nairobi City county government Lawrence Mwangi Mukuru, they have received numerous complaints from Buruburu, Donholm residents over air pollutions that mainly happens at night.
‘‘We have arrested fourteen people and they will be charged with various counts including burning harmful substance in open air and operating illegal business.’’ Mwangi stated.
Meanwhile National Environmental Management Authority Nairobi county director Njoki Mukiri also noted that Kamkunji ,Likoni and Lunga Lunga areas are also affected with open air tyre burning and that they will ensure that those perpetrating the same are nubbed.
‘’NEMA recently gazzeted air quality regulation which prohibits open air burning of harmful substances and whaterver is happening is illegal and we shall not allow it to continue because these gas emissions are harmful to our health.’’ she said.
Those arrested were booked at Cityhall Cell and they will be arraigned in court on Monday.