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NEMA issues stern warning against pollution in L. Victoria

22 September 2014, 17:08 Oduor Omondi

Kisumu - Homa Bay County Director of Environment, John Maniafu, has issued a stern warning to those discharging raw sewer directly into the Lake Victoria that they will face the full force of the law.

He said since the commencement of the rehabilitation of the main sewerage treatment plant in Homa Bay, some public and private land owners have been discharging raw sewer into Lake Victoria.

“We have noted with a great concern that some schools, hotels and hospitals which have septic tanks have also resorted to hiring waste transport tanks which later discharge the raw waste directly into the lake,” said the director.

Maniafu said the town’s main treatment plant is under rehabilitation which is expected to take five months to complete, and NEMA has already directed that the sewer be disposed in either Kisumu or Kisii but some people ignored.

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“However, we have come to realize that some people have been contracting waste transporting trucks which dispose the waste next to the Homa Bay treatment plant which then flows directly into the lake,” he said.

Maniafu said NEMA officials recently arrested two lorries which were in the process of disposing raw waste directly into the lake.

He said some of the contracted trucks have been transferring waste from other regions to pollute the lake.

He said: “One lorry belongs to Migori County government while the other was from ELDOWAS Company which is licensed to dispose the waste in Eldoret and was contracted by one of the local schools from Homa Bay.”

Homa Bay sewerage treatment plant is currently under rehabilitation at a cost of KES 215 million by the government of Kenya through Lake Victoria Environmental Management II.

Maniafu revealed that NEMA officials have already arrested a manager of a Homa Bay hotel that was discharging raw sewer into the lake and handed him over to the Police.

He revealed that some of the hotels that have septic tanks usually mix the raw waste with the runoff water when it rains.

Maniafu warned that if the trend continues, the town residents who mainly depend on Lake water for domestic use may contract water borne diseases.

He however appealed to the County government to cooperate with the NEMA office since they have been issuing permits for disposal despite knowing the condition of the treatment plant.

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