Cartels that had taken over the Dandora Dumpsite, blocking the Nairobi City Government from accessing the site that lead to a pile up of garbage in the City streets have been removed from the site by officers from the National Youth Service (NYS).
The cartel have been charging both City Hall and private garbage collectors’ trucks levies to deposit the garbage in the area but reacted against the Sh 400 that NYS has been paying some of their members.
The City County government sought the help of the NYS help so as to regain back the dumpsite after goons operating in the area closed roads and blocked garbage collectors’ trucks from accessing the dumpsite so as to collect levies.
Tension was high in the area, causing Senior City Hall officers, led by Environment Executive Mr. Evans Ondieki, Chief of Staff Mr. George Wainaina and NYS bosses to launch the cleanup exercise from the Dandora police station.
Ondieki said the county has partnered with NYS to ensure all the accumulated garbage is cleared from the Strets.
Speaking at the dump site Sunday, NYS Administration Director Mr. Stephen Mutunga said that NYS will hire 1350 area youth and integrate them into the programme so as to eliminate the cartels.
“As NYS, we have decided to chip in as we have the manpower to make the city a better place while the City Government has been overwhelmed by the daunting task,” said Mutunga.
He added that the NYS has deployed eight trucks, two tippers and two excavators to help clear the John Osogo road leading to the dumpsite which violent goons had closed.
Mutunga said that they will also employ over 60 youths for the period they will be clearing the roads and they will be paid Sh500 per day.
Ondieki said that infighting between contractors have been a major sabotage in the efforts to clear garbage. “We have had a major challenge with contractors who are collecting garbage and dumping it to other zones following a rivalry between them,” said Ondiek.
An official from the Nairobi county Environment department said that that El-Nino has also been a challenge as the roads to the dumpsite had been destroyed hence the trucks could only make one trip a day instead of the stipulated two.
He added that the garbage situation has become a nightmare as rivalry among contractors has led to increased garbage in the city.
By Joyce Lutomia