Kisumu rules out plans to re­lo­cate dump­site to other coun­ties

Business Daily (Kenya) - - COUNTY BUSINESS - Rushdie Ou­dia roudia@ke.na­tion­media.com

The county gov­ern­ment has ruled out the pos­si­bil­ity of re­lo­cat­ing its dump­site to neigh­bour­ing coun­ties even as the search for land de­layed the move­ment of the no­to­ri­ous Ka­chok pit.

Yes­ter­day, Deputy Gover­nor Mathew Owili said there is enough space within the county to re­lo­cate the dump­site that is cur­rently sit­u­ated in the mid­dle of town.

“We have many pieces of land and quar­ries es­pe­cially around Mam­boleo area. We have an elab­o­rate plan that will in­volve all stake­hold­ers and the first step is through the ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est for

the de­com­mis­sion­ing, which we have done,” Dr Owili told the Busi­ness Daily.

The regime of for­mer gover­nor Jack Ranguma tried, with­out suc­cess, to find an al­ter­natve site in the last five years.

Ini­tial plans to move it failed to take off be­cause the par­cel of land was in the flight path of air­craft fly­ing into the Kisumu In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

An­other pro­posal iden­ti­fied land in Muhoroni, but faced op­po­si­tion from res­i­dents.

Dr Owili said they would over­come the chal­lenges faced by their pre­de­ces­sors through proper plan­ning.

The county gov­ern­ment in­vited ex­pres­sions of in­ter­ests from com­pa­nies to pro­vide land for the re­lo­ca­tion in an ad­ver­tise­ment placed in the lo­cal dailies on Wed­nes­day.

In the no­tice , the county says it is look­ing for a par­cel of land or an aban­doned quarry for land fill con­struc­tion within Kisumu County.

The county in­tends to ac­quire 10 hectares to 30 hectares of land to ini­ti­ate de­com­mis­sion­ing of Ka­chok dump­site, lo­cated next to Moi Sta­dium and de­velop a new land fill site for waste dis­posal.

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