Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua today, as earlier promised, started an operation to stop the poisoning of the Athi River with poisonous chemicals and raw sewage by unscrupulous business people and residents.
Mutua said protection of the environment is critical in the development – both human and economic – of any nation.
Today, he toured the Mto ya Mawe area of Mavoko Sub-county where companies have, despite warnings and motives, continued to pollute. Some have even defied court orders and when challenged they say “wanajua wakubwa.”
“Today we have proven that Wananchi, the innocent children, youth, mothers, and fathers of our country are the Wakubwa. Their rights have to be protected and their health assured by governments that care,” he said.
Mutua has shut down WALKER INDUSTRIES company and the management of the company have been arrested for criminal activities.
“It has also been disturbing to find that workers do not have protective gear and operate dangerous machines exposed to harm.
There has been a pending arrest warrant since March that has not been executed due to my county and national officials being compromised. Today we have shown them that not everyone is up for sale.
I give the companies that are breaking the law 30 days from today to comply with directives given to them by my Government of Machakos and also by NEMA and other agencies.
They should follow the law the same way the law is followed in Europe, the United States, Japan and elsewhere.
There are many residential gated communities that are also dumping their toilet sewage into the river so that children downstream drink it and get sick.
I gave their neighborhoods 45 days from today to ensure they have waste disposal and/or recycling units and to disconnect any pipes leading to the river.
After 45 days, we will have no option but to arrest all the adult residents of these residential compounds and to evacuate the houses in readiness for demolition.
We must all live and act in a responsible manner, caring about the welfare of all of us.
Just because my people downstream in Machakos, Makueni, Taveta, Mombasa, and Kilifi counties are poorer than those in Nairobi or Athi River areas, does not mean that they can be poisoned and cancer and other diseases borne down upon them.
We will continue ensuring that existing laws are complied with because this is good for all of us.
In the meantime, the crackdown continues because TUMECHOKA,” added Mutua.