UNCOLLECTED GARBAGE

[PHOTOS] Nairobi downtown's garbage, filth slowly creeping back

Nairobi's CBD has been littered with spilt and uncollected garbage.

In Summary

• In the Financial Year 2019-20, City Hall had allocated Sh18 million to purchase and install 4,000 litter bins across the city but on the ground things are different.

• The mess which is visibly seen in the early morning hours suggest negligence of the casual workers meant to be sweeping the streets.

Dumped polythene pager bags outside National Archives on November 23, 2021
Dumped polythene pager bags outside National Archives on November 23, 2021
Image: WILFRED NYANGERESI

For the past two days, downtown streets in Nairobi's Central Business (CBD) have been littered with spilt and uncollected garbage.

The mess which is visibly seen in the early morning hours suggest negligence of the casual workers meant to be sweeping the streets.

Spilled uncollected litter along Luthuli Avenue on November 23, 2021
WILFRED NYANGERESI Spilled uncollected litter along Luthuli Avenue on November 23, 2021

Also the some of the litter bins have big holes that don't hold the garbage once they are thrown inside.

The bins, although not enough, have been placed at strategic points in the CBD especially Avenue and a few selected streets included Wabera, Muindi Mbingu and Tom Mboya.

Spilled uncollected litter outside Mr Price between Tom Mboya Street and Moi Avenue on November 23, 2021
Spilled uncollected litter outside Mr Price between Tom Mboya Street and Moi Avenue on November 23, 2021
Image: WILFRED NYANGERESI

Along the streets, the spilt uncollected garbage also indicates the ' bad' behaviour of city residents including hawkers who litter anywhere especially during night hours.

In the Financial Year 2019-20, City Hall had allocated Sh18 million to purchase and install 4,000 litter bins across the city but on the ground things are different.

Last month, MCAs protested over the uneven distribution of county staff attached in various wards to clean and collect piling garbage.

Spilled uncollected litter outside Mr Price between Tom Mboya Street and Moi Avenue on November 23, 2021
Spilled uncollected litter outside Mr Price between Tom Mboya Street and Moi Avenue on November 23, 2021
Image: WILFRED NYANGERESI

In May, the Nairobi Metropolitan Services announced it would engage additional casual labourers in a bid to improve the deplorable state of the capital.

Spilled uncollected litter outside Mr Price between Tom Mboya Street and Moi Avenue on November 23, 2021
Spilled uncollected litter outside Mr Price between Tom Mboya Street and Moi Avenue on November 23, 2021
Image: WILFRED NYANGERESI

The casual labourers were to be engaged through the Environment Directorate to undertake manual jobs aimed at enhancing aesthetic value across four regions in Nairobi.

The regions include Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western.

An open litter bin along Luthuli Avenue on December 23, 2021
An open litter bin along Luthuli Avenue on December 23, 2021
Image: WILFRED NYANGERESI

The Northern region includes Starehe, Kamkunji, Mathare and Makadara sub counties while the Southern region consists of Dagoretti, North- Dagoretti, Dagoretti South, Kibra and Langata sub counties.

Embakasi North, Central, East, West and South are part of the Eastern region while Westlands, Ruaraka, Kasarani and Roysambu will be part of the Western region.

Spilled uncollected litter along Luthuli Avenue on November 23, 2021
WILFRED NYANGERESI Spilled uncollected litter along Luthuli Avenue on November 23, 2021

The duration of the contract will be on a short-term basis as per the Labour laws of Kenya.

Making the matter worse, the legislator lamented that the assembly has been passing the budget for litter bins to be installed across the county but the wards have not received any.

Spilled uncollected litter along Luthuli Avenue on November 23, 2021
Spilled uncollected litter along Luthuli Avenue on November 23, 2021
Image: WILFRED NYANGERESI

In May, the Nairobi Metropolitan Service announced it would engage additional casual labourers in a bid to improve the deplorable state of the capital.

The casual labourers were to be engaged through the Environment Directorate to undertake manual jobs aimed at enhancing aesthetic value across four regions in Nairobi.

Edited by D Tarus