Sh.600 M collected annually not enough to clean Mombasa, says Joho

A heap of garbage on the road at Mtopanga estate, Kisauni, Mombasa. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Mombasa, KENYA: The Mombasa county government has said it requires not less than sh. 2 billion in order to conduct a thorough cleaning campaign in the city.

Addressing county  business partners at Sarova Whitesands Mombasa on Wednesday, Mombasa governor Ali Hassan Joho admitted that nobody in the city pays a fee on the management and collection of the waste.

“Not a single person is charged by the county government for waste collection and management.” He said.

The county boss said the sh. 600 million collected every year is not sufficient to clean the entire city of Mombasa.

“The county normally collects sh. 600 million which is truly not sufficient to conduct a thorough cleaning drive in this city.” Said Joho.

The governor added that the amount collected annually cannot be used to carter for all the bills incurred by the county government.

“The amount that the county collects annually cannot pay our traffic officers, conduct a thorough cleaning drive or pay electricity bills and neither can it offer international standard medical care. ” He said

Joho urged the business partners to cooperate with the county government to fully address the challenges faced by all business stakeholders both the private and the public sectors.

He however said that the county has striven to bring sanity all over the city by relocating hawkers to specific locations where they have erected business stalls at an affordable fee.

“We have as a county made efforts to bring sanity in our prime city by building special business stalls at an affordable rate.” He concluded.