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Ngong OCPD George Seda and other leaders at Ngong dumpsite when they accompanied Governor Joseph ole Lenku during an inspection tour of the area. Photo/Obegi Malack
Ngong OCPD George Seda and other leaders at Ngong dumpsite when they accompanied Governor Joseph ole Lenku during an inspection tour of the area. Photo/Obegi Malack

Ngong dumpsite relocation bid opposed by residents

By Obegi Malack.

Kajiado County environment activists have opposed National and County governments plan to relocate Ngong dumpsite to Veterinary Farm.
The activists accuse the two governments of being secretive on what the relocation entails. They have urged the governments to disclose all details on the relocation. Kajiado Governor Joseph ole Lenku, who visited the dumpsite accompanied by Permanent Secretary in charge of environment Charles Sunkuli, had said UN Habitat will be on the site soon to conduct a study on environmental impact of relocation. The Government has received Sh2.1 billion from Italian Government for the project, he noted.
Youth leader and environmentalist, Sophie Katampoi had urged the Government to ensure relocation is environmental friendly, adding that the veterinary farm has to be protected since it is a water source.
Oloolua resident, James Kamau said the Government failed to involve locals when mooting major projects in the area. He cited the Standard Gauge Railway tunnel that has affected the Veterinary Farm by diverting water channels.
Ngong Ward representative Robert Gitau said the County Government is still conducting research on environmental impact. A modern recycling plant will be put in the identified area, he added.
Kajiado North Member of Parliament, Joseph Manje said the proposed land is not under contestation as it was allocated for the dumpsite by late area Member of Parliament George Saitoti.

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