BY EDDY NYADWA, NAIROBI Environment Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko has warned corporates against putting profits at the expense of environment that stern action will be taken against them.
Tobiko asserts that it is immoral for companies producing plastics to make huge profits while their products pollute the environment, contributing to environment degradation.
“The National Environment Management Authority will mercilessly carry a crack down on those who discharge waste into the environment,” Tobiko warned.
“We have been discussing with Kepsa and KAM about single use plastic bottles but they have been taking us in circles, one excuse after the other. Don’t force us to take the painful decision of banning plastic bottles ” he added
Continued environmental degradation in urban areas has led to poor solid waste management, pollution, and non adherence to zoning policies. This has contributed to the encroachment of green spaces, parks and riparian land.
Tobika was speaking during this year’s Clean Up the World Day. The Ministry of Environment will now work with its agencies to implement policies & regulations to safeguard the environment with clean up & enforcement.
This year, the clean up day theme is “Tusafishe Mazingira Yetu Tuepuke Korona” -Clean Our Environment, Avoid Corona”. It was celebrated at City Park with a cleanup of the park and River Kibarage and tree planting exercise
City Park was recently put under the Environment Ministry having been transfered from the County of Nairobi Management. The president had earlier this year directed the CS to rehabilitate the park.