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Govt blamed for helping rogue investors to pollute environment

06 June 2014, 11:31 John Kioko

Mombasa - Coalition for Journalists on Climate change (CJCC) have blamed government ministries for contributing to destruction of the environment.

Speaking at a Nairobi hotel Thursday, the Coalition Organising Secretary, Moffat Mutero said that some government offices entrusted with the protection of the environment are working with investors whose activities are not environment friendly.

Mutero made the remarks during the World Environmental Day after launching of the Coalition for Journalists on Climate change (CJCC) organisation which will be dealing with the issue of climate change and its mitigation.

The CJCC is a combination of journalists from different parts of the country from different media houses, both print and electronic.

He alleged that many government officials are involved in corrupt deals approving reports from companies to continue working in the country with information of the danger they pose to the society.

“What we are seeing now is only corruption in many national government offices. What they do is taking bribe from investors whose companies have been found polluting the environment instead of punishing and even closing down their companies,” he said.

Mutero said there is an investor in the Coastal regions whose company was found polluting the environment and affecting locals but was allowed to continue with operations by the government.

He said the top national government officials need to take appropriate action and especially investigate mining companies operating at the Coast region.

Mutero was accompanied by Information and Communication Principal Secretary, Ezekiel Mutua and Peace Pen Communication Executive Director, Mildred Ngesa among other people.

He urged the Ethic and Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate government officials involved in corrupt deals and bring them to book.

“We don’t want some few people to drag us behind while we have the potential to change the world by taking care of our environment because climate change is real and it is here to stay,” he noted.

He said that many locals living near companies across the country are suffering from negative effects of the companies’ operation but nothing is being done to help them.

Mutero emphasized that there is a need for everyone to take a leading role in protecting the environment whose destruction has led to climate change in the world.

Ezekiel Mutua promised to support the coalition saying that it is a good initiative at a time when many citizens are wondering what is happening because climate has changed and they have no information.

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