Residents of Sio village, Bumula constituency in Bungoma County are living under the fear of a disease outbreak that may occur due to litter and waste disposal by the County government in the area. Speaking to West Media, residents said some have already sought medical help as a result of a dumpsite that was set up in the area without any consultations or talks between the administration and those living in the area.
The dumpsite has become a waste disposal ground for the County, despite the fact it doesn’t even have a perimeter wall. According to the Sio residents, the odour from the dumpsite is getting worse with each passing day, causing breathing difficulties, especially at night. They’ve revealed that efforts to make their grievance known through demos have not been successful, and some were beaten by security officers.
Moreover, some children are opting to look for food leftovers from the site, posing an even greater health risk. They’ve urged the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) to intervene and address their complaints.
Written by Thaddeus Wachiye