Mu­rugi takes on Nema over dump­site

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties -

Ny­eri Town MP Es­ther Mu­rugi on Fri­day clashed with Nema board mem­bers when they vis­ited a dump­site near her res­i­dence. She com­plained the dump­site is a health haz­ard as it is lo­cated near a res­i­den­tial area, Asian Quar­ters. She said the dump­site is a haven of crim­i­nals who at­tack lo­cals and rape women.

Mu­rugi crit­i­cised board di­rec­tor Pa­trick Nga­tia and David Ong’are, di­rec­tor in charge of com­pli­ance and en­force­ment, for do­ing too lit­tle de­spite res­i­dents’ protests over the years.

“We have a right to a clean en­vi­ron­ment. The lo­cal res­i­dents are even ready to burn these trucks pour­ing refuse here. Don’t cheat us that you have al­ter­na­tive land since the county gov­ern­ment has not al­lo­cated money in the bud­get for al­ter­na­tive land,” Mu­rugi said.

Ong’are said the dump­site will be moved in six months. Nga­tia said Nema and the county gov­ern­ment have a plan to re­lo­cate the dump­site. He said by April next year trucks will be banned from dump­ing refuse there.

/WAMBUGU KANYI

Dogs and street urchins rum­mage through the dump­site near Asian Quar­ters, Ny­eri town, on Fri­day

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