Kisumu industries put on notice over pollution of Lake Victoria

In Summary

• Environment Cabinet Secretary  Keriako Tobiko has issued a stern warning to industries  discharging effluent and sewerage directly to Lake Victoria.

• Tobiko  said the  public- private partnership is  meant to heighten  surveillance to curb environmental pollution across the country.

East African Breweries Ltd Group Corporate Relations Director Eric Kiniti chats with NEMA acting Director General Mamo Boru Mamo as Lake Basin Development Authority Chairman Odoyo Owidi looks on.
East African Breweries Ltd Group Corporate Relations Director Eric Kiniti chats with NEMA acting Director General Mamo Boru Mamo as Lake Basin Development Authority Chairman Odoyo Owidi looks on.
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Environment Cabinet Secretary  Keriako Tobiko has issued a warning to industries  discharging effluent and sewerage directly to Lake Victoria.

Tobiko on Thursday said the government has stepped up measures to crack down on such industries that are polluting the lake and other sensitive environmental ecosystems.

The CS was speaking in Kisumu during the ongoing Lake Region Clean Water Conference, sponsored by Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL) Kisumu County.

Tobiko said such industries will face the full wrath of the law.

He said , “It is no longer business as usual as we continue to engage private sector players to ensure strict compliance with environmental regulations".

Tobiko  said the  partnership is  meant to heighten  surveillance to curb environmental pollution across the country.

He said that through the public- private partnership,  the private sectors have contributeD 10 million tree seedlings fostering reforestation campaigns.

“Our engagements with the private sector have been very successful in recent months and we have adopted a leave no-one behind approach to ensure the sustainability of environmental conservation efforts," Tobiko said.

He added that, “Environmental management remains a collective responsibility for both the public private players. We must, as the government, private sector and community members, work together to fight illegal logging, stop pollution and restore our environment for our own well-being and that of future generations.”

 Kenya Breweries Limited -KBL managing director, Jane Karuku said  she is in support of the partnership, hoping for great achievements.

"KBL will continue supporting initiatives geared at advancing environmental conservation as part of the firm’s corporate social responsibility goals," she said.