The County Government through the Ministry of Lands, Environment, Housing and Natural resources has embark on a plan to shut down a number of Factories in Kitengela which are causing pollution. Addressing hundreds of small and Large scale businessmen stake holders Kitengela yesterday, Land and Environment CECM Hon Ali Letura, said that. he has been receiving a large number of complains about some factories which are causing a horrible pollution within Kitengela adding that his ministry will soon inspect and shut down those factories which are not following the rules.
“ I have been receiving a number of Complains about these Industries which are causing horrible pollutions in this town. and will inspect them and find out if they have the basic requirements to run them, and any factory found with an illegal license or not following rules, we will automatically shut them down. Among the big factories we are targeting include Flamingo Company, Prime Still industry among others, and we don’t care about how much they pay revenue to us as the county government, our major concern here is the safety of our environment to our people. we want our people to remain healthy and active throughout their life. “said Hon Letura.
Meanwhile on the other hand, Mr. Letura also warned those people with lorries who carry garbage from mlolongo to Kitengela to stop or else face criminal charges. he as well added that, all the environmental mandates are now under the county government and not National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) as previously used to be,therefor as the County Government we will ensure that our environment remains clean and decent. He as well urged the Public Health officer to cooperate with his ministry and make sure that those whose who don’t abide with the laws to be arrested and charged.
During The meeting four groups Committee were formed to oversee and brainstorm strategies on the way forward on the Environmental issues. The groups includes: Pollution, Smoke emission and Waste management team. They will be meeting every week.