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