November 23rd 2017

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Njoro residents up in arms against flower farms

The residents now want the two flower farms closed if the owners will not provide a solution to the dam waters which flood into peoples farms and houses.

By Jackson Okataamboleokata@gmail.comMonday, 09 Oct 2017 18:05 EAT

Residents of Njokori area in Njoro ward are up in arms against two flower farm companies in the area which they accuse of directing dam water into their homes and farms. The two flower farms Sojan Breeze have large dams which drain water into homes of area residents.

Led by area MCA Zacharia Kahiro the residents are accusing the farm owners of deliberately letting dam water mixed with chemicals to drain into people’s farms something they say has reduced farm yields and caused them diseases.

Speaking when they held demonstrations against the two farms Kahiro lashed at the farm owners for failing to attend a public meeting which was meat to address the grievances raised by the area residents

The residents now want the two flower farms closed if the owners will not provide a solution to the dam waters which flood into peoples farms and houses.

They also demanded compensation from the two farms for property destroyed by the drain water as well as loss of lives. The residents threatened to block Lorries ferrying flowers from the flower farms if the farm owners fail to address their grievances urgently

One of the residents Mary Wanjiru said that her husband died from pneumonia which he contracted after their house was flooded with water from the flower farms. She said that the flower farm owners have been pestering her to sell off her land to them something she vowed never to agree to.

Another resident Anne Nyambura  Kimani is said to have broken her limb after she was swept away by flood water from the flower farms. She said that the farm owners promised to compensate her after the accident but up to date nothing has been done.

Nyambura said that she has been incapacitated because she has to use crutches and can no longer work on her own something she used to do before.

The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County





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