Mombasa county officials blame police for garbage pile up in the city

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

Mombasa, KENYA: Mombasa county officials have blamed the police for piling up of garbage in the tourist coastal city.

Mombasa county deputy governor William Kingi Tuesday said police in Mombasa impounded several trucks at Kibarani yard used to collect garbage in the city.

He told reporters during a press briefing at his office.

He claimed police towed the trucks from the yard after a private developer reported to police to impound.

Though he did not specify the number of trucks impounded by police, leaving journalists with a lot of questions.

“The police went into our yard in Kibarani and impounded several of out trucks used to collect garbage in Mombasa, this move has really frustrated our efforts in our duty to clean up Mombasa,” said Mr. Kingi.

“We condemn this move by the police with strongest terms and we demand that machinery and trucks and trailers be released as soon as possible.” Added Kingi.

He said the trucks belong to the county of Mombasa, disputing claims that the trucks were owned by a private developer.

The deputy governor who was accompanied by Environment CECr Geoffry Nyongesa, said police should not get involved in matters to do withthe collection of garbage but their mandate is to maintain peace and order.

However, Mombasa County Commisioner Evan Achoki speaking to journalists after Jamhuri Day Celebrations at Tononoka grounds refuted the claims.

“We have not impounded any vehicles but county govt should solve their dispute with Mombasa Cement which involves garbage collection.” Said Achoki.

County Police commander Johnston Ipara has called upon the Mombasa county government to prove their claim if at all it’s true.

Additional reporting by Hillary Makokha