November 22nd 2017

Society / Environment

Machakos residents want sand harvesting along Athi river banned

They are calling upon the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA and the Machakos County government to step in and take over the matter with urgency to ban sand harvesting before the river becomes distinct.

By Oscar NdundaFriday, 30 Jun 2017 10:29 EAT

Youths harvesting sand at a section of the Athi river at Kinanie.

Residents of Kinanie in Mavoko constituency have called on the government to step in and ensure that sand harvesting along the Athi river has been banned.

The residents say youths have destroyed the river by sand harvesting hence making water levels to go down and majority use the water for irrigation purposes and other household chores.

"We want the government to intervene and ban sand harvesting along river Athi because we use that water to irrigate and other household chores, the water level has gone down," said the residents through Ms Agnes Mwikali.

Ms Mwikali, a vegetable vendor at Kinanie shopping center said that their business is going down because suppliers of vegetables majority of them have stopped farming because of the drastic drop of water levels.

Residents of Matungulu sub county, some also who use the river for agricultural purposes are also feeling the impact of the sand harvesting as many of them who live near the banks of the river stopped farming because the water became unreliable.

They are calling upon the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA and the Machakos County government to step in and take over the matter with urgency to ban sand harvesting before the river becomes distinct.

The writer is the news editor of the Kenya Free Press





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