Mavoko residents raise the alarm over poor Sanitation

Residents of Mavoko sub-county in Machakos have expressed fear over an outbreak of water borne diseases owing to poor solid waste management in the region by the county government.

The agitated residents said sub-county trucks ferrying garbage for disposal have become a rare sight in the fast growing town leading to the piling up of solid waste in the industrial town.

Pius Mutuku, a resident of Embakasi estate in Athi River town said they are forced to look for alternative ways of disposing the waste.

“At times we resort to burning the solid waste or even hire ‘mikokoteni’ to ferry the waste for disposal as this is what we can afford,” lamented Mr.Mutuku.

The residents are now calling on the County government of Machakos to move with haste and ferry the garbage for disposal

Speaking to journalists in his office Monday, Sub-county Administrator, Onesmus Ituo however blamed the residents for the deplorable state saying that some throw waste haphazardly and aimlessly.

Ituo further blamed landlords for failing to set up designated waste disposal areas within their residential houses.

The administrator reiterated that if tenants had a designated waste disposal zone, then solid waste management by the sub-county workers could be much easier.

This came barely days after area Member of Parliament, Patrick Makau launched the “Operation Ondoa Chafu Mavoko” in an effort to boost waste management in the sub-county.

According to Makau, the two week operation spearheaded by the area residents is aimed at completely clearing garbage from the entire Athi River sub-county.

The Legislator blamed the Mavoko Sub-County administration for failing to effectively manage the garbage menace in the region.

He pointed that the administration lacked adequate resources, both financial and human to effectively manage garbage in the vast and highly populated sub-county.

Makau further called on Governor Alfred Mutua to back him in executing development projects and efficiently delivering services to the people as it is their constitutional right.

By Rachael Kilonzo

Source: Kenya News Agency