In Summary
  • Residents have urged Nema to release an impact assessment report.
  • They are seeking compensation and treatment for the damage caused by a lead battery factory in the area.

Mombasa residents affected by lead poisoning want the National Environment Management Authority to release an impact assessment report done more than three years ago.

Owino Uhuru slum residents, a lobby group and lawyer Anthony Otiende said the report should be released to the public.

COMPENSATION

Mr Otiende assured locals they will not be relocated until the amount of lead in the soil is determined.

The matter is pending before court.

The residents are seeking compensation and treatment for the damage caused by a lead battery factory in the area. The factory was established to collect used batteries for smelting.

The petitioners claimed that since the factory started operations in 2006, there have been deaths attributed to lead poisoning.

“If Nema came to Owino Uhuru and did social impact assessment, the report should lead us to see what needs to be done in regard to the residents and whether they can be relocated or not,” Mr Otiende said.

“If you conduct an assessment it needs to be in the public domain, but since that has not happened, probably there must be an official explanation why the report is not yet out.”

HEALTH

Pamoja Trust’s programme officer James Ketta said a report from Nema is key to establish the impact of the poison.

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