Kibarani dumpsite a threat to marine and human life, report says

Kibarani dumpsite a threat to marine and human life, report says

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Kibarani dumpsite in Mombasa.A report shows that it its existence is threat to both marine and human life. PHOTO: COURTESY

Mombasa, KENYA: Dumping at the Kibarani dumpsite in Mombasa County will soon be a forgotten practice as it is a threat to marine life and human health.

This was passed after a meeting by a Task force on the management of the Kibarani Dumpsite held a closed door meeting at the Kenya Maritime Authority offices in Mombasa.

“A positive multi-agency resolution on the concerns to reduce environmental health hazards resulting from marine pollution and contribute towards a cleaner and safer marine,”read part of the press brief.

Raw waste goes direct into the water and this is what our concern is about the ecosystem which destroys the marine life,”said Mwalimu Digure the chairman of the board of the management of KMA.

According to the brief the composition of waste; 50% is organic 3-5% papers,5% plastic,2-3 glass and metal,and 40-42 documented as others.

Among the resolutions passed are relocation of the families living near the dumpsite because of the exposure and health hazards within 3 months and the rehabilitation of the dumpsite in the near future.

The task force comprised of representatives from Kenya Maritime Authority,Kenya Ports Authority,The Department of Education and Environment Mombasa County,National Land Commission,Kenya Wildlife Service,National Environment Management Authority(NEMA),Kenya Marine and Research Fisheries Institute,State Department of Fisheries among others.