In Summary
  • Mr Vaja said the county has only four trucks, which cannot manage the task.
  • Mr Samboja has also made radical changes in his Cabinet.

When Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho delivered his first speech at the county assembly, he gave a list of projects he would prioritise in his second term in office.

Top of his agenda was the thorny issue of garbage collection, with the governor promising not only to develop, but also implement an integrated solid waste management plan to clear garbage in the coastal town.

However, almost 100 days since Mr Joho was sworn into office, the promise is yet to be fulfilled. Mounds of garbage have been lying uncollected in estates and major roads, leaving residents concerned.

The residents say if the garbage is not properly disposed of, chances are that the region will experience disease outbreaks such as cholera and diarrhoea.

Already, four people have succumbed to cholera in the region, with 80 others being admitted to different public hospitals.

But contacted, County Secretary Francis Thoya put the blame squarely on the national government, accusing it of delays in disbursement of funds to enable the county government to acquire equipment for clearing the garbage.

“We have to admit that there is a lot of garbage. But we have undertaken some measures to address the issue,” said Mr Thoya.

Mr Yogesh Vaja, an official at the Mombasa Cement Company, urged Mr Joho to hire a firm to help the county government to clear the garbage.

Mr Vaja said the county has only four trucks, which cannot manage the task.

“I was clearing the garbage as a contractor but differences emerged between the county and I. That’s when we stopped clearing the garbage. Money was a major contributor that led to the fallout. The county refused to pay up,” he claimed.

But the governor has fulfilled some promises. He had pledged to improve healthcare in public hospitals and true to his word, the facilities have seen a remarkable change.

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