Nema ac­cuses politi­cians of en­cour­ag­ing il­le­gal set­tle­ment on river basin, lead­ing to pol­lu­tion

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties -

Nema has ac­cused Nairobi politi­cians of con­tribut­ing to­wards the pol­lu­tion of the River Athi. The author­ity said the politi­cians en­cour­age il­le­gal set­tle­ment and en­croach­ment on the river basin.

“It has be­come very dif­fi­cult to move along the river to as­sess the rate of pol­lu­tion due to il­le­gal dwellers, who have even built toi­lets on the river banks. When­ever we try to de­mol­ish the struc­tures, politi­cians, es­pe­cially MCAs from Nairobi county, de­fend them,” Nema deputy di­rec­tor Robert Orina said on Fri­day.

He spoke in Kabaa and Mion­doni, Yatta con­stituency, dur­ing a visit by the Par­lia­men­tary Com­mit­tee on En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources.

But Ki­tui East MP Mar­cus Mu­luvi said gov­ern­ment agen­cies tasked with pre­vent­ing pol­lu­tion on the river have failed.

Farmer Joseph Nduva said their veg­eta­bles are re­jected at the ex­port mar­ket “... on the grounds they are un­fit for hu­man con­sump­tion.” He said res­i­dents con­tract wa­ter-borne dis­eases. The com­mit­tee’s re­port will be de­bated in Fe­bru­ary.

/AN­DREW MBUVA

MPs Opiyo Wan­dayi (Ugunja), Vin­cent Musyoka (Mwala) and Fran­cis Mwan­gangi of Yatta on Fri­day

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