Man chains self to pole over poor sanitation in Kirinyaga County


Maina Nderitu in Kirinyaga County.
Maina Nderitu in Kirinyaga County.

A middle-aged man on Monday chained himself to an electricity pole at Mutithi Ward in Kirinyaga County for more than 12 hours protesting poor service delivery by the County Government of Kirinyaga.

Maina Nderitu claimed that the area MCA had failed to build a pit latrine for the traders in the town, despite being requested to do so more than one year ago.

He complained that the county government was being unfair to the traders by collecting revenues while failing to honour its promises.

Residents, led by businessman Peter Kirugumi, came out to support Maina and warned that they would hold a major demonstration if the county government fails to build a modern toilet soon.

“This is not the first time we are raising the issue of poor sanitary conditions here in our centre. The authorities have failed us and Maina is only displaying what everyone else is thinking and feeling,” he said.

“We’ve been holding weekly meetings with county officials who always promise to build us better ablution blocks. Several weeks have now passed but we are yet to see any results,” a local trader added.

Last week, Environment Cabinet Secretary Judy Wakhungu accused counties of handling the management of garbage poorly since the function was transferred from the national government.

Wakhungu said counties are finding it difficult to identify dumpsites since no one wants garbage dumped in their neighbourhoods, adding that counties have failed to meet National Environmental Management Authority requirements.

 

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