By Obegi Malack
Kajiado County government planning to have every town in the county to manage its garbage.
Kajiado County Executive Member in charge of Water, Irrigation, Environment and Natural Resources Michael Semera says the county has plans to ensure that the little waste produced in the county will managed where it is produced.
Semera said they want to turn the waste to wealth, adding that they have already put up structures to have manageable sites in every town.
“We will restrict each area to have its own site, we do not produce much waste in the county” he said.
In Kajiado town they are relocating the waste site while in Loitoktok they will use the current site. In Kitengela they will have a hub to recycle the garbage and the waste turned into a wealth creation venture, Semera said.
The county is also planning to have sites in Ongata Rongai and Ngong towns.
In Ngong the old dumpsite will be closed by October this year. The county is converting the site into a public park.
Semera said the main challenge they have is garbage from Nairobi County dumped in the Ngong site instead of it being transported to Dandora.
During a meeting held in the dumpsite some youth claimed some of the lorries that dump waste in the area belong to certain politicians.
The county government allocated Sh100 million for rehabilitation of the site into a public park. Some residents had gone to court to block the rehabilitation, claiming ownership of five acres of the site but the court dismissed the case.
Ngong MCA Robert Sungura had said they are in talks with Nairobi County to have their waste taken to Dandora dumpsite.
Kenya Veterinary Association had protested the move to have waste management facility in in the 20 acres of the Ngong Vet Farm, which the county claims to own.