Njoro MP wants NEMA to act on Non-compliant dams

Njoro MP Charity Kathambi has called on National Environment Management Authority-NEMA to move with speed and ensure sanity in Njoro over non-compliant flower farm dams that are now posing a threat to the locals.

Speaking in Njoro just two days after a dam belonging to Sojanmi Flower farm burst its banks causing destruction in the area, the legislator said the Authority should ensure compliance so as to avert what was witnessed in Solai.

“I am urgently calling on NEMA director and his team to come to Njoro because we don’t what to witness what we saw in Solai. We must ensure that our people are safe” said Kathambi.

A year ago, a section of residents from Muchorwe village in Njoro sued a flower company over environmental pollution caused by chemical effluents.

The case was determined this year June with cancellation of the license and the flower farm that owns the dam required to comply.

In the case filed before the Environment and Lands court in Nakuru, the residents sought orders to compel Sonjami Spring Fields Limited which runs a flower farm next to the village to rehabilitate their land which they claimed had been degraded by the chemical effluents released from the green houses.

According to the suit, three residents Ms Jane Wagathuitu Githinji, Isaac Kamau and Samson Gichuki claimed the firm which is stationed uphill in the region had failed to contain and treat the waters within their farm.

The trio said the flower firm has been releasing the effluent down to the community residing along the slope causing harm.

According to court documents supporting their case, the residents state that sometimes in August 2014, a dam constructed by the company broke its banks allowing its waters to flow downhill which caused massive devastation with the loss of cattle, donkeys, homes, farm produce and destruction of property and roads.

They argued that the locals were compensated ‘peanuts’ following the loss.In the case, the National Environmental Management Authority and the county government were listed as respondents.

The residents also sued the county government of Nakuru for allowing the firm to construct nine more hectares of greenhouses on top of the existing 36 hectares without considering the conditions set by the environmental authority.

According to the affidavit by Ms Wagathuitu, NEMA had granted the firm permission to construct the green houses on condition that they built a dam for harvesting the rainwater.

However, Water Resource Management Authority denied permission for construction of the dam at the point where they wanted as it was a wetland area.

PHOTO/Pristone Mambili:Njoro MP Charity Kathambi addressing media in Njoro.