“If they have evidence let us meet in court. Threatening the residents must stop. We want everything to be open,” she said.

GET HELP FOR VICTIMS

Ms Omido said she will meet with the Mombasa County government officials in a bid to ensure that the victims get help.

The mother of one was among six recipients of the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize, the world’s largest award for grassroots environmental activists.

She received Sh15.7 million ($175,000) in prize money and a trophy symbolising nature. Her award was in recognition of her campaigns on environmental issues.

Separately, some residents of Owino Uhuru have cautioned political leaders in Mombasa Leaders against politicising the matter and instead work on modalities to have them compensated and treated.

Speaking when a section of local leaders visited the slum, on Saturday they expressed concerns that despite majority of them living in harsh conditions, the matter had taken a political dimension at their expense.

“Let us stop politicising this issue. Leaders must put their differences aside and make sure every resident in this area gets medication. Let those concerned be apprehended,” said Mr Omari Suleiman.

So far 15 people from the slum who tested positive for lead poisoning have started receiving treatment at the Port Reitz District Hospital.

This follows a directive by Governor Hassan Joho that affected residents be treated free of charge.

Tests done by Lancet Kenya targeting an initial 55 people, found 15 to be in need of treatment.

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