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Sonko releases 40 new garbage trucks to collect filth in Nairobi

Governor Mike Sonko has invested in 40 garbage trucks to help in reducing the mountain of filth in Nairobi.

The 40 garbage trucks were rolled out on Wednesday in Uhuru Park to   highlight collection of garbage in all wards.

“This is the culmination of what we have been doing for three weeks from the time when we joined government,” executive for Environment Emma Muthoni said.

Emma went on to talk about the work such as unblocking sewer lines, erecting new barriers, garbage collection and promoting responsible garbage disposal.

This is good news to the MCAs who had earlier on complained about the garbage in their respective wards and blaming the county for not trying hard enough to solve the issue.

However, the county assembly’s Environment Committee blames the breakdown of garbage trucks as the origin of the problem.

It is also faulted the undependable fueling systems and untimely and irregular payment of contractors.

Esther Waithera, Nairobi South MCA said that she had relentlessly complained about the garbage situation in South B. She complained about the fact that garbage was collected for only a week.

Some MCAs told the house garbage collection is a severe issue in their wards.

Kennedy Oyugi, Nyayo Highrise MCA, told the house if no action is taken on garbage, he would lead the inhabitants in collecting the garbage and dumping it along Mbagathi Road.

Riruta MCA James Kiriba and Ziwani Ward MCA Millicent Mugadi complained that they are at times forced to cover garbage collection expenses from their own pockets, which is really hard.

Nairobi Governor Sonko blamed hoteliers and restaurant owners of unlawfully dumping garbage in the CBD, which they refute.

Hawkers flooding the CBD have also been accused of garbage and littering.

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