Pollution: Nema Withdraws Agro-Chemicals Licence

A pipe discharges raw effluent from Maseno University into a river on December 9, 2019. PHOTO | TONNY OMONDI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

By Rushdie Oudia

National Environment Management Authority (Nema) has withdrawn the effluent discharge licence of Kisumu-based Agro-Chemicals and Food Company over non-compliance.

The company has been accused of releasing raw industrial waste into River Nyando.

Nema Acting Director-General Mamo Boru Mamo instructed his officers to draft withdrawal of the licence following the company’s persistent violation of the environmental laws.

He said the continued pollution of river Nyando was making its water unfit for domestic use.

Ignored Orders

“Agro-Chemicals have not been taking matters seriously, we have been issuing restoration orders which they have ignored,” said Mr Mamo on Monday.

He also gave Maseno University seven days to comply with restoration orders stopping them from discharging raw sewer into nearby rivers.

The institution has also been ordered to construct effluent treatment plant failure to which the institution will be shut down.

The agency also ordered Kisumu Maximum Prison Kodiaga to stop emitting raw sewage into River Saka.

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