Complaints had been raised by Nairobians
Environment CS Keriako Tobiko sanctioned the closure of three Nairobi companies along Mombasa Road on suspicion that they are responsible for toxic emissions.
CS Tobiko confirmed that a report by the National Environmental Complaints Committee (NECC) established that further investigations needed to be done.
Residents of Nairobi south have raised complaints over a pungent smell that started in March this year and is blamed for medical complications in four children.
“Yes, three companies have been closed to allow investigations.
“Even after the closure of the companies we will definitely keep investigating and tracking the process to make sure no company resumes operations without being given a clean bill of health,” he stated.
20 companies warned by Nairobi County government
Nairobi County Environment Chief Officer David Makori had noted that 20 companies were highlighted in the probe.
CS Tobiko stated that the three companies which have been closed indefinitely were adversely mentioned by residents.
The issue was first highlighted by South B Member of County Assembly Waithera Chege at the county assembly and later in letters to both the county administration and CS Tobiko.
“I write to voice my concern about certain factories releasing toxic emissions along Mombasa Road. Nairobi residents, particularly those in Nairobi South have been victims of this unfortunate incident.
“Residents have complained of foul, pungent and often nauseating smell that emanates from the factories within the vicinity,” her letters read in part.