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Laikipia County employs workers to clean up Cosite area

Residents  of  Cosite area can now have a sigh of relief after Laikipia County administration hired a group of youths to  collect  the  garbage that had piled up in the area.

The  residents  expressed their delight after the garbage which included solid waste was collected, as it was a health hazard  to them and also their domestic animals especially during the ongoing heavy rains.

“This garbage  has  been rotting here for sometimes causing unbearable odour which is very irritating, making us fear  diseases which are caused by bad smell,” said Mwaura Njoroge, a resident in the area.

The  garbage had  affected  river Gathara in that area, blocking the culverts that were placed so as to create a path way.

“These  plastic  bags, pampers, used sanitary towels are disposed in this river hence blocking the culverts. The sewage  runs  to river Gathara making it brownish in colour and not safe for human consumption,” said Monicah Gathoni.

The  residents  are urging the county government to help  in  getting rid  of  the sewage that is running into the river, which  follows  a request by the county governor, Ndiritu  Muriithi  to the  Cosite residents to help in cleaning up the area.

The  governor  had promised  to  work with the county’s garbage collectors to deliver a lorry and workers who would collect  the  garbage but the residents declined the offer saying that they paid tax.

By  Rita  Gachoki/Jacinta  Wanjiru

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