GOVERNOR NKEDIANYE DENIES ORDERING ARSONISTS TO BURN INCINERATOR AT KITENGELA.

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Kajiado Governor David Nkedianye swearing before giving evidence before high court judge George Odunga on Wednesday June 7, 2017/ PHOTO BY S. A. N.

BY SAM ALFAN.

Kajiado Governor David Nkedianye has denied interfering with operations of Kitengela based incinerator that’s was  burnt down recently.

While appearing before high court Judge George Odunga who had summoned the governor to appear court this morning in person to show cause why he should not be committed to civil jail for disobeying court orders, he categorically said he never hired goons to torch the facility.

The governor narrated how an argument arose after he proposed that the company be closed down to allow negotiations between the parties to save the facility from being destroyed by the Crowd which was protesting outside the facility gate.

He further told justice George Odunga that the residents have been  complaining over the foul smell it emits and posing a health hazard.

He further testified that he was not aware of any order issued in Teagarden with the company associated with University don Professor Phillip Mwabe.

“I didn’t mobilize anybody to burn down the facility”said Nkedianye.

The Environment and Commercial Consultancy Company in Kitengela will be closed over the foul smell it emits and posing a health hazard, Kajiado Governor David Nkedianye has said.

He gave the order on Friday following allegations that the incinerator is used for burning hospital waste and human body parts collected from government and private hospitals.

The Sh2 billion incinerator was established three years ago in Stony Athi near Kitengela town on 50 acres. The company is associated with University of Nairobi don Prof Philip Mwabe.

Nkedianye gave Mwabe up to today to come up with a proposal showing what he is going to do with the land.

He said he will not let residents suffer from the hazardous smoke and smell emanating from the factory.

The governor spoke after a three-hour closed-door meeting with Mwabe and his lawyers in Kajiado town.

The incinerator is the largest private waste management facility in East Africa, but the owner has had issues with Kitengela town residents for several years before he moved it to Stony Athi in Kaputie North ward.

After moving to Stony Athi three years ago, residents of Embukabat destroyed a fence and accused Mwabe of putting their lives in danger.

During the meeting, Nkedianye said, “This incinerator has no place in Kajiado county. I cannot allow the lives of my people to be put on the line by an individual whose interest is to make money.”

The matter to be mentioned on 27 of for further directions.

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