Nairobi’s Environment Chief Officer quits amid garbage scandal

January 14, 2016 10:22 am
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Oyake was forced out of office as a result of what was seen as a laxity in cleaning up the Kenyan capital with Governor Evans Kidero citing corruption as the major challenge/FILE
Oyake was forced out of office as a result of what was seen as a laxity in cleaning up the Kenyan capital with Governor Evans Kidero citing corruption as the major challenge/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 14 – The Nairobi County Government Environment Chief Officer Leah Oyake has resigned following the garbage collection scandal at City Hall.

Oyake was forced out of office as a result of what was seen as a laxity in cleaning up the Kenyan capital with Governor Evans Kidero citing corruption as the major challenge.

“I am resigning as a result of frustrations in my department. There have been individuals who have been plotting for my downfall and I find that I have no other choice but to step aside,” she stated.

City Hall has now contracted the National Youth Service to assist with garbage collection within the city.

Governor Kidero was expected to tour the Dandora dumpsite on Thursday morning accompanied by the NYS boss.

Earlier last week, Kidero visited various parts of the city to inspect and assess the extent of the garbage situation that has caused uproar among Nairobi residents.

He visited Luthuli Avenue, Lenana Road, Ojijo Road, Ronald Ngala, Racecourse Road, Ngara as well the Globe Interchange where the clean-up work has commenced.

He also vowed to reconstruct Dandora roads leading to the dumpsite to the tune of Sh220 million and work with lobbies so as to remedy the situation.

He further announced that Nairobi will be spending Sh1 million daily for the next 45 days to address the garbage menace in the city.

He explained that the money is to be spent under a performance contract basis following an agreement with the NYS.

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