In Summary
  • Nema Director-General Geoffrey Wahungu said on Wednesday that the factories illegally discharged waste into the severely polluted river that is now being cleaned.
  • Giloil Industries, a cooking oil manufacturer, was the first to be shutdown, following accusations of failure to comply with regulations on discharging waste.
  • Mr Wahungu said the exercise will continue until all companies discharge their waste properly as it works with Nairobi to reclaim all of the county's rivers.
  • Governor Mike Sonko supported the closure of the factories and warned that action will also be taken against hospitals which dump infants' bodies after abortions.

The National Environmental Management Authority (Nema) has shut down 25 factories accused of discharging effluent into Nairobi River.

Nema Director-General Geoffrey Wahungu said on Wednesday that the factories illegally discharged waste into the severely polluted river that is now being cleaned.

Mr Wahungu added that the factories, which he did not name, did not meet Nema's standards and therefore could not be allowed to continue operating.

The authority earlier said three factories would be shut down on Wednesday as part of joint efforts with Nairobi County to clean up the river.

Giloil Industries, a cooking oil manufacturer, was the first to be shutdown, following accusations of failure to comply with regulations on discharging waste. Its workers were left stranded.

Nairobi River cleanup

Nairobi County workers clean up a section of Nairobi River on May 15, 2019. PHOTO | COLLINS OMULO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

GRAND OPERATION

Mr Wahungu said the exercise will continue until all companies discharge their waste properly as it works with Nairobi to reclaim all of the county's rivers.

“We are currently dealing with industries that discharge untreated effluent into the environment," he said.

The pollution of Nairobi River and her tributaries results in the pollution of River Athi.

As the clean-up efforts continued, Nema said it had already closed 15 other factories for non-compliance.

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