KISUMU, 31ST JANUARY 2018: Four residents from Kisumu East constituency have moved to moved to the Land and Environment Court in Kisumu to stop the county government from relocating garbage from the Kachok dumpsite to Kajulu.
The petitioners Rose Juma Nyanjom, George Onyango Ondere, Titus Achar Okuto and Ibrahim Oloo Onditi want the court to stop the county from proceeding with the relocation.
The petitioners have cited in the case, Kisumu County government as the 1st respondent, City Manager Doris Ombara as the 2nd respondent and Naya holdings which was awarded the contract to relocate the dumpsite as the 3rd respondent.
The residents through their lawyer Moses Omondi say Kajulu residents risk being exposed to health hazards from the toxic waste that may affect water sources like rivers in the area.
In court documents, they want the county stopped from commencing the transfer of the waste which had been awarded to Naya holdings at a cost of Sh. 99 million since no proper public participation was done.
The matter will come up for hearing on 19th February before Justice SM Kibunja.
Two weeks ago, the county got a temporary reprieve after the high court dismissed a petition that had been filed to stop the process since the petitioners had withdrew from the case.
A section of Kisumu residents are now arguing that if the county government doesn't engage in a proper public participation then the project might not take off.