, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 21 – Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has ordered the county’s inspectorate department to immediately arrest anyone found illegally dumping waste especially around the Central Business District where most of waste has been discarded in the back streets.
Sonko spoke after a cleanup exercise at Timboroa Lane on Tuesday, where he said there has been illegal dumping of garbage around the Central Business District by business owners specifically hotels.
“It has come to my attention that recent cases of illegal dumping are maliciously done by business people. Therefore I have ordered my inspectorate to immediately arrest anyone found illegally dumping waste,” said Sonko.
He said investigations revealed that hotel owners engage street families to pick garbage through the back door of their hotels at night and dump them along the lanes and open spaces within the Central Business District (CBD) at a small fee.
He called upon Nairobians to report any illegal dumping they spot around their places of work or in the neighbourhood to the county authorities.
Governor Sonko embarked on ‘Operation Ng’arisha Jiji’ which is an initiative to clean up the city by collection of garbage.
The initiative has not been limited to the CBD. It has been extended to other constituencies including Kamukunji, Dagoretti North, Westlands and Makadara.
Markets and public business stalls have also been cleaned up.
Sonko started the initiative with the aim of making Nairobi the cleanest city in Africa.