Conduct open tendering before relocating the dumpsite

Kisumu Environment and Land Court on Wednesday ordered the County Government to carry out an advertisement to facilitate the removal of Kachok Dumpsite.

Kisumu Judge, Justice Stephen Kibunjia issued Direct Orders, noting that this could avoid single sourcing which was against the Government Procurement Procedures.

Justice Kibunjia further directed that the advertisement concerning the application and petition should be included in a chosen daily newspaper of national circulation within seven days to enable any interested parties to be enjoined in the suit.

He said that the petition was of great public interest and so all the parties involved must strictly adhere to the Court’s directive.

The County Government, City Manager, Doris Ombara and NAYA Holdings, have been listed in the case as the 1st, 2nd and 3rd respondents.

Pending the hearing and determination of the petition, the honorable court, hereby, issue conservatory orders, restraining the 1st , 2nd and 3rd respondents, their appointed agents, servants, employees and officers from transferring solid waste to Kisumu concrete quarry pit in Mamboleo, said Kibunjia.

The Judge said that after the seven days, the petitioners and those seeking to be enjoined in the suit will have to file their affidavits within 21 days. The respondents will also file their submissions within the same period.

The Petitioners; Rose Nyanjom, George Ondele and Titus Okuto contends that the respondents did not obtain the National Environment Management Authority’s (NEMA) license to transfer the solid waste to Kisumu concrete quarry pit.

They also argue that the waste from Kachok dumpsite contains biodegradable, non-biodegradable and medical waste which if not sorted out accordingly before relocation could expose local residents and those in the environs to health hazards.

Kisumu concrete quarry pit is located near human settlement and social amenities, River Kibos and Disciples of Mercy primary school and it would also interfere with the environment.

Justice Kibunjia said the case will be heard on May 7, 2018 in the same court.

Source: Kenya News Agency