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Sakaja reacts to the garbage menace in Nairobi

By Winnie Onyando September 9th, 2022 2 min read

Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja has started a garbage collection exercise in bid to clean up the capital city that has a population of more than 4 million residents.

In a video shared in one of the social media platforms, the Nairobi County Government said that the exercise is currently underway at Ngara Market and will soon spread to other areas.

With partnership with NMS, there have been garbage collection exercises at Nairobi City Market along Muindi Mbingu street, Ngara Nyayo Market as a way of improving hygiene.

This came a few weeks after Sakaja in his ‘tour’ came face to face with the filth that the city residents have been choking under.

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He toured several places and promised to deal with the garbage situation in due time.

“I have given firm directions on resolving the current garbage problem across Nairobi in the next few days,” said Sakaja.

He also pledged to construct a waste recycling plant near the Dandora dumpsite.

Kenyans are also waiting eagerly to see if the governor will fulfill his promise of unblocking sewage disposal systems to make Nairobi a clean city.

The Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) had pledged to start a Sh20 billion recycling plant that would decongest the site which was not accomplished.

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Sakaja, during his inauguration ceremony at KICC also promised to continue working and consulting NMS as a way of making Nairobi work by restoring Order and offering its residents dignity.

Nairobi generates an estimated 3200 tonnes of solid waste daily, with plastics accounting for over 20 percent.

Population increase and rapid urban growth are among the factors contributing to the surge in waste generation within the city.

The three previous Nairobi County governors – led by Evans Kidero (2013-2017), Mike Sonko (2017-2020) and Ann Kananu (2021-2022) had pledged to deal with the garbage menace, but none was successful.

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