Kisumu County Government has been dealt a major blow following a second attempt to challenge the relocation of Kachok dumpsite.
This comes barely two weeks after a similar case at the Kisumu Environment and Lands Court collapsed after one of the petitioners withdrew.
Four petitioners from Kajulu in Kisumu East Sub County where the site is to be relocated moved to court on Thursday to challenge the exercise.
Rose Nyanjom, George Ondere, Titus Okuto and Ibrahim Onditi argued that the County Government irregularly awarded the Sh. 99.2 million tender to relocate the site.
They claimed that due process was not followed to award the tender to Naya Holdings and that the provisions of the Environmental Management and Co-ordination Act were flouted.
The contract amount involved, they observed, was exaggerated, adding that the tax payers of Kisumu would suffer a huge economic loss if the exercise was allowed to go on.
The County Government had identified an abandoned concrete quarry at Kajulu to relocate the offensive dumpsite which is right in the heart of Kisumu town.
The petitioners however argued that if the relocation goes through, there was a risk of seepage of toxic substances from the garbage to the nearby river Kibos where residents of Kajulu draw water for domestic use.
The matter filed before Justice Stephen Kibunjia is set for hearing on February 19.
Kachok, which has been in the news for years, was one of the flagship projects earmarked to be accomplished by Kisumu Governor, Prof. Anyang Nyong’o within his first 100 days in office.
Source: Kenya News Agency