NEMA halts sewerage project amid public outcry
01 November 2013, 10:10
Nairobi - The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) has stopped a KES 175 million sewerage upgrading project in Murang’a town following complaints from locals over exposure to environmental risks.
A report from the NEMA indicate that the office had received complaints from the public and businesses who accused Toddy Civil Engineering Company, the company doing the upgrades, was exposing them to raw sewage and was disregarding all the regulations that guide such activities.
According to the environment management agency, the complainants cited that the company was leaving deep holes dangerously open and thus posing a hazard to the residents.
“These people have no professionalism at all, they heaped lumps of soil in front of my shop and now my clients can even access the shop. My business has barely sold anything since they started the digging,” said James Maina a businessperson affected by the construction.
Businesses people along Kimathi Street further accused the contractor of leaving soil heaps in front of their business premises that kept customers away, which undermined their sales.
It is alleged that five workers escaped death by a whisker after they were found buried by a ten-foot sewerage trench that collapsed on them.
The victims were later rescued by use co-workers by the use of an excavator.
The contractor was accused of failing to secure deep manholes and a display of NEMA license much to the worry of the residents.
Then the African Development Bank funds project.
– CAJ News