In Summary
  • Powerex, Edible Oils and Usafiplus companies, located along Mombasa Road, were closed indefinitely on Wednesday for a probe by Nema and a team from City Hall.
  • The shutdown followed complaints by residents of emissions they said led to the hospitalisation of four children and left others with effects including nose bleeding, persistent coughs, vomiting and sore eyes.
  • Two weeks ago, City Hall warned that the more than 20 factories operating in the area would be closed and their owners prosecuted for emission of toxic gases.

The National Environment Management Authority (Nema) has shut down three companies in Nairobi for investigations into reports of toxic emissions.

Powerex, Edible Oils and Usafiplus companies, located along Mombasa Road, were closed indefinitely on Wednesday.

The shutdown followed complaints by residents of emissions they said led to the hospitalisation of four children and left others with effects including nose bleeding, persistent coughs, vomiting and sore eyes.

STERN ACTION

Last Monday, Environment Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko ordered immediate investigations into the persistent emission of toxic gases at night by some industries in the Nairobi South area.

On Wednesday, he said a report by the National Environmental Complaints Committee (NECC), led by its Secretary Dr John Chumo, necessitated further investigations.

“Yes, three companies have been closed to allow investigations. We want to keep tracking the process to make sure no company resumes operations without being given a clean bill of health," he said.

He added, “We are committed to the fight against pollution of any form. Stern action will be taken against those found culpable of polluting the environment and putting lives in danger."

Mr Tobiko directed Nema and the NECC to send a team to the organisations and present him with a preliminary report on the findings.

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