After weeks of protests against the old wajir town dumpsite by residents of Maow, Hodhan and Barwaqo the Governor has today paid a visit to the site accompanied by former Wajir East MP Abass Sheikh. The residents complained of stench and unhealthy environment and asked the Governor to relocate the dumpsite with immediate effect. The residents said its a dangerous environmental hazard for the government to continue dumping rubbish on the this site and the stench and other accompanying hazards continue to affect their families.
The former MP said the residents are unanimous that the site should be moved after serving as a dumpsite for 30 years. ”we request the governor to move the site as it affects not only Bulla Maow but much of Wajir town”. said the former legislator.
Some of the residents complained that children often pick and consume dangerous materials from the site including bottles of beer.
According to some of the residents who spoke to the media the risk of cholera increases if current waste disposal practices are not addressed.
A week ago National Environment Management authority (NEMA) has written to the County authority to adhere to safe waste disposal management practices putting the county on notice to put in place legal waste disposal measures within 7 days.
The governor pleaded with the residents to give his government more time to discuss with all other stakeholders. He said his government does not condone and will not tolerate anything that will negatively impact on their environment.