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February 20, 2018

Kitui to spend Sh5.5m on asbestos removal

Residents where the harmful asbestos had been dumped in Kiongwe Hills, Kitui East subcounty / MUSEMBI NZENGU
Residents where the harmful asbestos had been dumped in Kiongwe Hills, Kitui East subcounty / MUSEMBI NZENGU

The Kitui government will use Sh5.5 million to get rid of cancer-causing asbestos dumped in Kiongwe Hills, Kitui East subcounty, Governor Charity Ngilu said yesterday. 

She said the county has hired an asbestos removal and disposal firm to retrieve the dangerous substance.

Ngilu spoke when she visited the area.

Environment chief officer Muusya Mwinzi said Waste Africa Ltd started removing asbestos at Ngai Ndethye Ranch on Tuesday.

Information in the website shows the company has expertise in management and safe disposal of asbestos. 

The removal of the asbestos comes a month after Ngilu agreed with landowner Maluki Kitili to have the toxic substance removed.

The contaminated site is a water catchment area for Thua river that serves Mutitu residents.

The toxic asbestos is said to have been dumped in Kiongwe by Sonata Kenya Ltd.

In July, its director Noah Khaemba was charged after his firm was accused of violating requirements, following the issuance of a licence of disposal.

He denied two counts of breaching licensing conditions for the disposal of asbestos waste in Kitui.

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