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January 18, 2019

Court halts Sh2b Murang'a landfill project for lack of public participation

A heap of garbage at Nairobi's Kibera slum. photo/PATRICK VIDIJA
A heap of garbage at Nairobi's Kibera slum. photo/PATRICK VIDIJA

Three Cabinet Secretaries and the AG have been summoned by Murang'a High Court over a landfill project in the county.

The three James Macharia (Transport), Environment's Keriako Tobiko and Water and Sanitation CS - Simon Chelugui are to appear alongside Attorney General Paul Kihara and activist Benmark Muriikwa Nganga to explain the controversy surrounding the project.

The landfill is meant to recycle waste and bury biodegradable matter collected from Nairobi, Kiambu, Kajiado, Murang’a and Machakos counties.

In an order seen by the Star, High Court Judge J.G Kemmei has marked the case as urgent.

Activist Nganga who sued the government moved to court seeking to have an interpretation to the contravention of fundamental rights and freedoms of residents in the project.

Nganga also wants the court to order for public participation as well as compensation of those who will be displaced when the project kicks off.

Transport CS James Macharia had stopped plans to put up the landfill after leaders and residents opposed the project.

This now means that the proposed Sh2 billion sanitary landfill project in Mitumbiri, Maragua Constituency, will be put on hold until proper public participation is done.

“I have directed that the development of this project to stop with immediate effect until widespread public consultations and participation has been undertaken,” Macharia said.

The 33 acres of the 50 acres bought by the National Government while the remaining 27 acres would be used to establish a buffer zone.

Read:Transport ministry halts Sh1.2bn Murang’a landfill project

The residents also protested against the project demanding assurance that it will be environmentally friendly and that it will not pollute their water.

Read:Residents fear landfill will pollute their water

Also See:Murang'a protests lack of consultation in Nairobi waste landfill project

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