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Johnson Sakaja blames former governors for garbage mess

Nairobi governor Johnson Sakaja has fingered garbage collectors for not doing enough to clean up the capital.

The youthful politician has hinted at seeking alternative fresh service providers to handle the task.

He made the comments in a response to photos by Nation.Africa highlighting garbage filth at Pipeline estate, in Nairobi.

Other places with huge piles of garbage include Nairobi’s Central Business District (CBD), Imara Daima, Nairobi West, Umoja, and Kayole estates.

Sakaja is accusing unnamed 46 companies of sleeping on the job.

The companies were reportedly handed contracts to collect garbage by former governor Ann Kananu.

“Nairobi has been like this. Months of neglect, illegal dumping in undesignated sites, garbage contractors downing their tools due to money owed,” he explained.

Sakaja also says 70,000 tonnes of garbage was collected in August and he’s working towards bringing improving the hygiene of a city that houses close to 5 million people.

“You will see sustainable changes,” he vowed.

The garbage collection challenges in Nairobi have been around for a while with former administrations consisting of governors Mike Sonko, Evans Kidero, and Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) boss Mohammed Badi struggling to clean up the city.

During the campaigns, Sakaja who easily defeated Polycarp Igathe, promised to build recycling plants in Nairobi to generate renewable energy with the garbage collected in Nairobi.

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