Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) urged to enforce existing laws to keep city clean

The Nairobi Metropolitan Service Director General, Mohammed Badi

A lobby group Alliance for a Clean Environment says that Nairobi has laws on littering, spitting and smoking but county officials have failed to enforce them instead they concentrate mainly on extracting bribes from hawkers

By The Weekly Vision Online

Nairobi City County’s new by-laws intended to keep the city clean and orderly have been faulted as a futile move by a lobby group, Alliance for a Clean Environment. This comes against the backdrop of litter and garbage generated daily by an army of street hawkers on the city streets.

The lobby group further faulted top NEMA officials for doing nothing while the city chokes with rotting garbage and blocked drainages. In a press statement, the group’s national coordinator Joseph Kangethe said the reason why Nairobi remains dirty and disorderly is because of poor enforcement of existing by-laws.

NGO Council of Kenya chairman Mr Stephen Cheboi also weighed in on the issue throwing a challenge to NEMA to help “save the city” from going to the dogs

He said Nairobi has laws on littering, spitting, and smoking but county officials have failed to enforce them instead of concentrating mainly on extracting bribes from hawkers. Kangethe wondered how city askaris in a congested city full of hawkers on every street and with wares wrappers thrown anyhow will enforce fresh new laws when they have failed to enforce current ones. The congested city streets he said need a “thorough” well thought out and professional approach that will restore the glory of the “green city in the sun.

A lobby group further faulted top NEMA officials for doing nothing while the city chokes with rotting garbage and blocked drainages

NGO Council of Kenya chairman Mr. Stephen Cheboi also weighed in on the issue throwing a challenge to NEMA to help “save the city” from going to the dogs. In a press statement, Cheboi said the issue is not “absence of laws” but “lack of enforcement” by the city health inspectorate which has failed to deliver.

Cheboi challenged health inspectors to do their work to ensure a clean and orderly city by unblocking drainages and fixing burst sewers which are of immediate concern.

Nairobi provides a livelihood to at least 1 million people daily, Cheboi said adding that the army of hawkers, food kiosks, shoe shiners, and mobile restaurants all have a stake in the city economy.

What we need are good managers at the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) who must come out and work instead of issuing “hollow” by-laws that will be immediately ignored.

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