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25 factories shut for discharging waste into Nairobi River - 6 days ago, 19:33

Jemimah Mueni

, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 15 – At least 25 factories have been closed down by the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) for discharging effluent into Nairobi River.

National Environment Management Authority Chairman John Konchellah said the firms had been served with closure notices, but defied them hence they had to close them down for not meeting NEMA standards.

“The industries have been discharging untreated waste and water into our environment. Some of these companies have been operating without a pre-treatment system which is hazardous to our rivers,” he said.

He was speaking when a team from NEMA and Nairobi County Environment Department met at Nairobi River in Korogocho, where cleaning of the river is taking place.

NEMA Director General Geoffery Wakhungu said they would work closely with the Nairobi County Government to ensure companies involved are compliant.

“We cannot accept Nairobi River to be flowing with coloured water, we need the glory of the river ...
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