Kisumu launches relocation of controversial Kachok dumpsite

Kisumu County government has launched the relocation of Kachok dumpsite, which has been a health hazard to residents for decades. The dumpsite has been relocated to Kajulu in Kisumu East sub-county, where the County government had identified a landfill amid protests from residents, who had moved to court to oppose the move.

Senator Fred Outa, County secretary Olang’o Onudi, chief of staff Patrick Ouya and city manager Doris Ombara, who led residents in the launch, said relocation of the dumpsite was in line with the governor’s 10-point plan unveiled during the campaigns.

The exercise, which is expected to take three months, will cost Sh98 million. The dumpsite, which was criticised for exposing residents to health risks, was associated with criminal gangs.

The Football Kenya Federation had threatened to ban the use of the multi-billion-shilling Moi Stadium until the waste was relocated. Kenya Aviation Authority had also decried increased scavenger-birds that were interfering with smooth movement of planes. Last month, the High Court dismissed the petition blocking the relocation of the dumpsite, giving the County government the green light to do so.

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