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City landlord disturbs the dead by diverting sewage into Lang’ata cemetery

By LILIAN MUTAVI December 14th, 2016 1 min read

A private developer in Nairobi has diverted raw sewage from his posh block of houses into Lang’ata cemetery.

Residents in the area became suspicious after they saw workers digging trenches in the cemetery and exposing bones and coffins.

Raw sewage from the adjacent Royal Park Estate was then diverted into the cemetery.

Speaking to Nairobi News on phone, Nairobi county executive in charge of health Dr Bernard Muia said that he received the report from residents on the interference with cemetry land.

He quickly toured the estate accompanied by public health officials and Nairobi Water and Sewerage company officials.

They found a large trench had been dug and raw waste left to flow to the cemetery. Bones of the dead also lay openly.

“I will not allow anyone to disturb the dead, let them rest in peace,” said Dr Muia.

He said the estate’s sewerage system seems to have malfunctioned, which prompted the owner to divert sewage to the cemetery.

“What we are suspecting is that they have a blocked sewer and they can’t flash the toilets, but we have launched investigations,”said Dr Muia.

Dr Muia said the Nairobi Water Company has ordered for the filling of the trench.