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Construction Workers Arrested For Illegal Dumping

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Nairobi City County  Environmental Enforcement officers  have  arrested construction workers  working on a Kenya Pipeline Company Project in Industrial Area for illegal dumping in Viwandani along Ngong’ River.

The operation led by Christine Kivuva Deputy Director Environment, saw many workers arrested and the construction stopped.

The Kenya Pipeline Company hired a construction company to excavate black soil from their site and dumping it in Ngong River.

“The Environment Enforcement team managed to arrest six people working on the site, among them truck drivers, excavator operator among others. Those arrested are currently in police custody at the  Kamukunji Police station as investigations continue. The dumping of black soil in the river is a recipe for disaster especially for those who reside along the Ngong River and Eastlands areas as we approach the rainy season,” Kivuva said.

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Last week two managers from Quickmart supermarket in Ruai were arrested and later arraigned in court. They were later released on Kes 250,000/- cash bail.

Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja has previously warned of dire consequences for anyone caught dumping illegally in the city.

In a statement, Sakaja said the county government will amend the law to provide for the punishment.

“Ukiona mtu akidump and you record, mulika kabisa; we arrest, prosecute and split the fine. Will work on the county law to provide for this. Let’s keep our city clean.. In our first month in office, we have collected  70,000 tones. You will see sustainable changes,” he said.

By Allan Otieno

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