Kilifi, KNA by Harrison Yeri
Residents oppose dumpsite
Residents of Mwawesa ward in Rabai Sub-County are up in arms over the proposed establishment of a dumpsite in the area by the county government.
The irate villagers are claiming the dumpsite was a health hazard to them and their animals.
They want the Malindi Waste Management Company which purchased a piece of land from a local resident compelled to close the site as it could be disastrous to the locals in the densely populated area.
They alleged that NEMA’s approval of the project as alleged was done without consulting the locals for their views insisting that the seller of the land, who is also a local resident must be refunded back his money by the company.
Area ward representative Carol Kalume, who led the County Assembly Committee on Environment to the project site last week said the ward residents would be affected if the project proceeded, and called for its termination.
The committee’s chairman Hassan Mohamed, who is also Matsangoni ward representative said the committee was on a fact finding mission and would make its recommendations to the assembly.
He said it must have been an oversight for the project to have been approved without consulting the community, revealing that the committee would also meet with NEMA director in the county in a bid to resolve the matter.
According to residents of Gwagamoyo, who are very close to the project site, the company constructed a church free of charge to the owner of the land who is a pastor.
They claimed that the area has clean water, which is used by everyone and expressed fear that it could be contaminated with the coming of the dumpsite.
The NEMA director Samuel Lopokoyit could not be reached for comment as he is said to be away on official duties. Efforts to reach him on his mobile phone were also fruitless as his phone remained silent.