COUNTY PASSES WASTE MANAGEMENT ACT
Factories and industries in Uasin Gishu County contravening the solid waste disposal and management Act by discharging raw waste to water ways will be prosecuted.
This follows the approval of a motion by the Uasin Gishu County Assembly asking the County Government, through the department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources to ensure that all factories in the county strictly adhere to the Act.
The motion moved by a member of the county assembly, Mary Goretti Baroswa indicated that, many industries in the county were discharging raw waste into water ways, contaminating and rendering them dangerous for human and animal consumption.
Baroswa said some factories in the county were polluting Sossiani River, by discharging solid waste, thus affecting the lives of thousands of people downstream.
“Many factories including those using chemicals to treat timber poles have contravened the waste management Act by discharging waste to Sosiani River that is used by the residents of Uasin Gishu and their livestock thus exposing them to the risk of water borne diseases,” she observed.
Megun MCA and his nominated counterpart Nancy Sang supported the motion saying that pollution was a serious problem affecting the health of the people hence the need to take punitive measures against those polluting the environment.
“Any investors who wish to start a factory or industry in the county must adhere to the rules and regulations of the waste management and disposal Act,” they said.
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