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Wamesa in partnership with Kenya Coast Guard Service and Kenya Wildlife Service Volunteer to Clean Coastal Ocean in Kilifi County.

The exercise is part of Womesa Kenya-GloLitter Partnerships (GLP), a project funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and led by the International Maritime Organisation in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organisation, and Ocean Conservancy.

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Women volunteer drawn from the Association of Women Managers in the Maritime Sector in Eastern and Southern Africa (Womesa), Kenya Coast Guard Service (KCGS) and Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) have joined hands in cleaning trash in coastal beaches of plastic pollution.

 

The exercise is part of Womesa Kenya-GloLitter Partnerships (GLP), a project funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and led by the International Maritime Organisation in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organisation, and Ocean Conservancy.

 

Speaking during the cleanup exercise at Copa Cabana beach in Mtwapa Township of Kilifi County, Womesa Secretary Winnie Maina said their aim is to prevent pollution through sensitisation of locals on conservation through beach clean-ups.

 

“The project deals with the issue of marine conversation and today we are doing a beach clean up in Mtwapa, Kuruetu and Kanamai landing site and in today’s mission we’re 250 participant in attendance and our aim is to ensure our oceans are clean and free so that the normal process of the ocean can continue to take place and fish can continue to grow in an environment that is natural and we’re able to sustain our environment,” said Ms. Kimani.

Womesa secretary said the plastic menace has continued to be rampant on beaches all over the world and Kenyan beaches are not an exception.

 

Womesa Secretary Winnie Maina (pictured) said their aim is to prevent pollution through sensitisation of locals on conservation through beach clean-ups.

“We choose Mtwapa because it’s an area that is known for plastic pollution and coastal pollutants town that is rapid with pollution issues that why we thought it good to come and sensantise with the people to come and participate to this noble activity,”she added.

 

She also said there is an urgent need to explore new and existing legally binding agreements to address marine plastic pollution.

 

According to the United Nations, at least 800 species worldwide are affected by marine debris, and as much as 80 per cent of that litter are plastic.

 

Lynette Kiteresi Mbai from the Kenya Marine Fisheries Research Institute (Kemfri) said since most plastic debris found in the ocean originates from land, it is important to curb illegal dumping on land and serious law should be ammended to protect the ocean.

 

Meanwhile, Salim Makomba, Mombasa Marine Park Deputy Warden says they have launched campaign awareness to the communities living along the coastal line and visitors frequenting the beaches on the importance of disposing plastic waste appropriately.

 

He said they have community scouts who collect plastics along the beaches and they have created designated plastic disposal bins in the beaches.

 

“Plastic papers are killing sea turtles who end up eating the plastic because they look like jellyfish and they can’t differentiate between the plastic and fish algae, or other species that make up a large component of the sea turtles’ diets,” said Makomba.

 

Women volunteer drawn from the Association of Women Managers in the Maritime Sector in Eastern and Southern Africa (Womesa), Kenya Coast Guard Service (KCGS) and Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) have joined hands in  cleaning trash in coastal beaches of plastic pollution.

 

The exercise is part of Womesa Kenya-GloLitter Partnerships (GLP), a project funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and led by the International Maritime Organisation in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organisation, and Ocean Conservancy.

 

Speaking during the cleanup exercise at Copa Cabana beach in Mtwapa Township of Kilifi County, Womesa Secretary Winnie Maina said their aim is to prevent pollution through sensitisation of locals on conservation through beach clean-ups.

 

“The project deals with the issue of marine conversation and today we are doing a beach clean up in Mtwapa, Kuruetu and Kanamai landing site and in today’s mission we’re 250 participant in attendance and our aim is to ensure our oceans are clean and free so that the normal process of the ocean can continue to take place and fish can continue to grow in an environment that is natural and we’re able to sustain our environment,” said Ms. Kimani.

 

Womesa secretary said the plastic menace has continued to be rampant on beaches all over the world and Kenyan beaches are not an exception.

 

“We choose Mtwapa because it’s an area that is known for plastic pollution and coastal pollutants town that is rapid with pollution issues that why we thought it good to come and sensantise with the people to come and participate to this noble activity,”she added.

 

She also said there is an urgent need to explore new and existing legally binding agreements to address marine plastic pollution.

 

According to the United Nations, at least 800 species worldwide are affected by marine debris, and as much as 80 per cent of that litter are plastic.

 

Lynette Kiteresi Mbai from the Kenya Marine Fisheries Research Institute (Kemfri) said since most plastic debris found in the ocean originates from land, it is important to curb illegal dumping on land and serious law should be ammended to protect the ocean.

 

Meanwhile, Salim Makomba, Mombasa Marine Park Deputy Warden says they have launched campaign awareness to the communities living along the coastal line and visitors frequenting the beaches on the importance of disposing plastic waste appropriately.

 

He said they have community scouts who collect plastics along the beaches and they have created designated plastic disposal bins in the beaches.

 

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Senator Ledama Ole Kina Apologises Over Hate Speech To Kipsigis Community in Narok County

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Narok County Senator Ledama Ole Kina has regretted the tribal utterances he made when Mau Forest encroachers were being removed.

“During the struggle to conserve Mau Forest I made comments relating to the Kipsigis community which were interpreted as hateful, disrespectful and Unprofessional,” he said.

The Senator said, “I regret making such comments and apologies to the community and seek their forgiveness.”

Ole Kina is seeking to be re-elected as Senator of Narok County on an ODM ticket. His main challenger is outgoing governor Samuel Tunai Kuntai on UDA party ticket , who enjoys the Kipsigis Support.

One of the Member of parliament from Kipsigis in the County is Emurua Dikirr Constituency Johana Ng’eno who has since joined UDA party.

Also, Ang’ata Barkoi ward bodering Kuria East Constituency is inhabited by the Kipsigis

Senator Ledama has apologised in a bid not to lose the voters of Emurua Dikirr, Narok South constituencies as well as Ang’ata Barkoi ward which boder Kuria East Constituency, areas inhabited and dominated by the Kipsigis community

 

 

 

 

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Gov’t Intensifies Vigilance Against Vandalism, Scrap Metal

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The Government has increased security vigilance at the Coastal Region to address the challenges of vandalism on critical infrastructure installations.

Coast Regional Commissioner (RC) John Elungata said security agencies have stepped up patrols to reduce incidents of vandalism of public infrastructure.

He said the vandals target Kenya power infrastructure, rail network, oil and water pipelines and roads infrastructure which are all an ‘act of economic sabotage’.

Speaking while on a visit to Taita Taveta County, Elungata said enhanced police patrols and community involvement in the fight against vandalism and scrap metal business have significantly reduced the incidents of vandalism.

Elungata who is the Chairman of the Regional Security and Intelligence Committee visited a huge landfill disposal site, where a contractor is preparing to bury asbestos waste in Voi Sub-county of Taita Taveta.

He said there were concerns that the landfill for the disposal of asbestos roofing material is being built near the Mombasa-Nairobi petroleum products pipeline.

The inhalation of asbestos fibres can cause lung diseases such as asbestosis and lung cancer.

He said the Government is serious about charging treasonous persons found culpable of vandalizing critical development infrastructure.

The Regional Commissioner appealed to the general public to report those vandalizing public utilities in their midst, adding that the government will not relent on the war against vandalism and scrap metal business.

The Senior Administrator said the security personnel will sustain their operations and heighten surveillance on public property network installations.

“Vandalism of road infrastructure, power utility, rail network, and oil and water pipelines among other critical public properties is indeed an economic sabotage and should not be allowed to wipe out the socio-economic gains already made in Kenya,” he said.

By Hussein Abdullahi

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The Sewage Eyesore Of Old Town Mombasa

The flowing sewerage is running into the mosque and hospital . This has created tension to the residents fearing contagious infections.

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Section of Old Town detailing broken sewer lines

Part of Old Town detailing sewage flowing into peoples houses

Old Town residents in Mombasa are living in fear of contracting waterborne diseases following a sewage burst.

The sewer lines burst has for the last three months left the effluent flowing into people’s houses with inaction by the county government in correcting the reticulation.

Poor drainage is said to be the reason for the sewer burst at Oldtown. This has made the situation worse as the residents appeal for help from well-wishers.

Led by Rashid Hashil, a village elder, Old Town residents say the Municipal Council, the Mombasa Water, and Sewerage have failed to offer the services.

Rashid said the problem is caused by the people constructing new buildings in the area.

This is even after being forbidden by Tafiuq Balala,  they are still carrying on with the development.

“Our main problem here is the construction companies who are building these houses. They are the ones bringing the problems to these pipes, even after Balala banned the building of the houses, ” said the elder.

The elder explained that he has personally written a letter to Mr. Balala concerning this issue but there is no reply. It would be better if they repaired it,” said village elder.

The other people affected include those using Masij Balala Musiq and staff and patients at Jaffery Medical Centre.

The flowing sewerage is running into the mosque and hospital. This has created tension for the residents fearing contagious infections.

Hussein Sheik, a resident has started educating people about the importance of good hygiene.

’’The elected leaders are a total failure and this time we need to elect leaders with wisdom,’’ ’said Hussein.

The freshwater in tanks has been contaminated with sewage. The same water is used in cooking and drinking.

However, the congested population in one area of Old Town is also believed to contribute to the overloading of the sewage lines of the old town.

Residents are accusing the county government and NEMA of failing to enforce the environmental measures. This they say is endangering their lives.

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