- Environment CS Tobiko promises to take stern action against the factory if the claims are proven to be true.
Kibos Sugar factory is on the spot for allegedly polluting Lake Victoria waters.
Residents claim the miller has been discharging effluent to River Kibos which drains into Lake Victoria.
According to locals, the company has for the past one month been emptying raw waste into River Kibos, which is the main source of water for thousands of residents.
“Our effort to have the matter addressed by both the national and county governments have failed while we continue to suffer from the pungent smell and the contaminated water which poses a serious risk to our health and that of our animals,” said Mr John Okello, a resident.
Environment CS Keriako Tobiko is assuring residents that his ministry will take stern action against the factory if it is established that it is discharging dangerous chemicals into the river.
“Time is up for those who think that they are untouchable; no one will be spared,” the CS said during his tour of the region last week.
Kisumu Governor Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o, while acknowledging that Kibos Sugar is facing critical challenges in handling its waste, underlined the need to take drastic steps for the matter to be solved once and for all.
“The truth of the matter is that they have been creating too many excuses and in the meantime residents, aquatic life and the environment is suffering,” he said.
According to Kisumu County Environment executive Salmon Orimba, investigations have established that the private sugar miller is releasing toxic chemicals to the river and causing a fertile ground for the mushrooming of water hyacinth in Lake Victoria.
“We have gone to their premises on a number of occasions and have found out that inadequately treated effluent is finding its way into River Kibos, which is causing devastating effects down stream,” said Mr Orimba.
A fact-finding mission by Nation has established that the factory has laid pipes under the water surface to conceal its activities as they discharge raw effluent into the river.