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Residents demonstrate against sand harvesting

06 June 2013, 17:53 Steve Wambugu

Residents of Kapkures estate in Nakuru held a peaceful demonstration on Wednesday protesting against sand harvesting at a local quarry in the area.

The residents complained that the sand harvesting business carried out at the quarry was illegal and had contributed towards environment degradation in the area.

They further added that the quarry should be closed down immediately since most of the children from that area had dropped out of school to work at the quarry.

Speaking with the media, Joseph Too who is a local resident said that most of the sand harvesters have been conducting the lucrative business without a permit from National Environment Management Authority (NEMA).

“Most of our school children have dropped out of school and this is due to this quarry yet this sand harvesters are not authorized by NEMA” he said.

He also noted that most of the quarries pose a danger to people residing in that area.

The residents also blamed the local administration, DC and chiefs for failing to close down the quarry.

Too added that area DC and Chiefs have been colluding with the sand investors to continue with the business.

“Our administration has not been helping us at all and that’s why we want our Governor to assist us in solving this matter,” he said.

The residents also called on the office of the NEMA in Nakuru to bring those who are still mining to book before the matter escalates.

Speaking separately, Nakuru NEMA Director Wilfred Osuma said the mining issue will be looked into and those operating illegally dealt with.

“These people have been operating illegally for more than 20 years but we are going to arrest those responsible,” he said.

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