Following President Uhuru Kenyatta’s order, the Nairobi Metropolitan Services led by Major General Mohammed Badi has begun closing down dumpsites.
Currently, the agency has successfully closed down 73 dumpsites and plans on shutting more soon.
Kang’ethe Thuku, NMS deputy director-general, said the state had earmarked 35 dumpsites that would become official dumping sites in the city.
“To prevent further illegal disposal of garbage, we have closed 73 dumpsites. NMS is currently working on other areas where garbage has accumulated,” said Thuku.
Kenyans have been up in arms over the rise of illegal dumping sites that have become an eyesore in recent months.
Thuku further stated the plan to increase daily garbage collection from 2500 tonnes to 3,000 tonnes, and casual laborers were in place to make it possible.
The laborers will operate in Makadara, Mathare, Kamukunji, and Starehe sub-counties which form the Southern region, while Lang’ata, Kibra, Dagoretti North and South form the Northern part.
Other areas include Embakasi South, West, East, Central, and North, which form part of the Eastern region. Roysambu, Kasarani, Ruaraka, and Westlands form parts of the Western region.
“Since NMS was established, we have increased garbage collection capacity from 1,800 tonnes to 2,500 tonnes,” he added.
In March last year, President Kenyatta ordered Badi and his team to crack down on illegal dumpsites in the city.
NMS immediately closed down 82 of them and launched a crackdown on 122 illegal discharge points in the capital.