Kajiado governor Joseph Lenku on Friday unveiled a Sh2.1 billion waste management plan that will see Ngong town dumping site being relocated.
The unveiling of the plan takes place when the environmental management authority announces that plastic carrier bags ban takes effect on August 28, thereafter which no import, manufacture or use of plastic bags in Kenya.
The Ngong dumping site that has been an eyesore for the residents of Ngong has also been a security threat to the people of the area.
Lenku said other that producing a foul smell and threatening the health of the local people, the dumpsite has also been a hideout for criminal gangs in Kajiado North constituency.
He made the announcement while making a visit to the area with Environment PS, Charles Sunkuli and area MP-elect Joseph Manje.
“During my campaigns, I promised the people of Kajiado that I will undertake serious waste management program for the people of Ngong and Kitengela, and already Sh2.1 billion has been set aside for this project,” said Lenku.
The governor said his government is in talk with other stake holders like the Ngong Veterinary department with a view to securing land for the relocation of Ngong dumpsite.
But Kajiado West politician Sankok Teeka opposed Lenku’s proposal to engage the veterinary farm claiming the land in question belongs to the Keek-Onyokie community.
“I am going to court on Tuesday next week to block the plan of the governor with the veterinary farm because that land is ours and we will not allow it to be turned into a dumpsite. It is our grazing land and allowing it to be turned in to dump site will cause a health hazard for our livestock,” said Teeka.
Sunkuli said the government is in talks with the Kenya Association of Manufacturers with a view to discouraging the production of plastics and encouraging the recycling of plastic materials into solid materials which cannot be harmful to the environment.
He said 90 per cent of the materials dumped at Ngong are plastic materials and that now the country is banning the use of plastic bags, people are encouraged to seek alternative means of carrying items.
The PS said the new site is expected to be in place in the two years.