The famous fourteen falls tourist attraction located within Thika East Sub-County is choking from garbage, raw sewer and industrial waste swept downstream from Nairobi County and its environs, area Deputy County Commissioner (DCC), Thomas Sankei has revealed.
Speaking when he led hundreds of residents in a massive clean-up exercise, Sankei Challenged the management of Nairobi County to prioritize environmental Conservation saying it’s not only tourism that is at the verge of collapse in the area but the lives of people who live downstream and depend on the river for domestic and agricultural purposes at stake.
In the past, we have collected unidentified bodies from the Athi river and most of the times, the river is chocked with industrial waste and raw sewer meaning that our people here are unable to use the waters, and those who use the water are ailing from waterborne diseases, he lamented.
Sankei called on NEMA to crack the whip and salvage the beautiful fourteen falls from chocking saying that the falls remain a famous tourist attraction and served as a divers training joint.
The residents, who included school children and Pastors collected tones of garbage that included animal carcasses and piles of polythene papers.
Pastor Peter Muli of Gospel Outreach Kilimambogo called for concerted efforts by the County Bosses of Kiambu, Machakos and Nairobi to salvage the river and restore its lost glory, adding that the Counties were losing millions of shillings in revenue that could be accrued from beautiful tourists’ scenes.
Divers who help remove dead bodies from the River Athi revealed that of late, the bodies are left to rot as they fear contacting diseases as the water sometimes turns green and soapy with a strong smelling foam due to contamination.
They said both local and international tourists who used to frequent the water falls have decreased and said they have been let down by Environmental organizations and county governments for turning a deaf ear on the very important tourist attraction scenic site.
Others who participated in the tree planting and cleanup exercise included police and KWS officers.
Source: Kenya News Agency