For a very long time, the sprawling Eastleigh suburbs, one of the most populous in the constituency was synonymous with huge garbage mounds, It still is. Soon the problem spread to other areas such as, Shauri Moyo especially around Burma Market, Uhuru and Bahati estates, not to mention Majengo and Gikomba.
A fortnight ago, Yusuf Hassan, the area MP, renewed the constituency’s interest in environmenatal protection, when in a rare venture not witnessed in Kamukunji, participated in a general cleanliness exercise. The exercise received support from the Business Commutity. The Sunday February 5 “save our environment” day started in Eastleigh area, but replicated in other areas such as Bahati and Uhuru estates.
“As Kamukunjians, it is our obligation and responsibility to take care of our envirnment. The City Council may have failed us for not collecting garbage ovetime, but that does not mean we must live in filth and dirt”, profferred Yusuf, who inaugurated a general cleanliness day where Kamukunjians will be taking a day off every month to participate in an environmental cleaning programme.
Commending the MP for this intiative, Milicent Ngugi from Bahati estate said, “environmental cleanliness, just like charity begins at home. I commend our new MP, Hon.Yusuf Hassan for starting a general cleanliness day and believe that fellow Kamukunjians will emulate him and the people behind the exercise and hope the event was not a one day off affair.”
A cursory drive and walk around especially Eastleigh North, Gikomba and Shauri Moyo, for example leaves one covering his nose because of the putrid smell from garbage mounds that have gone uncollected for days on end. It is also not uncommon to see sewage waste flowing freely.
Jared Omino, says that private garbage trucks normally dump garbage, oftentimes at night, and sometimes in the middle of the road, and believes it is garbage collected from other neighborhoods. “It is embarrassing when you have guests visiting and they have to hop, step and jump, as they try to avoid stepping into garbage waste. It is our right live in garbage-free environment.”
But all is not lost. Areas like Eastleigh and Gikomba which have been garbage hubs, are beginning to see a decrease in garbage dumping after initiated a programme to encourage the youth to collect and monitor garbage dumping in Kamukunji.