Fourth body retrieved from Nairobi river

Youth cleaning Nairobi River. 22 bodies have been recovered from the river since restoration works began COURTESY

Nairobi, KENYA: The clean-up of Nairobi river and it’s tributaries by the Nairobi City County Government has intensified with yet another body being retrieved from the river on Saturday.

The Ng’arisha Jiji team discovered the body floating on the river near Kware Ward in Embakasi South on Saturday morning.

This brings the total number of bodies retrieved from Nairobi river and it’s tributaries, since Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko launched the clean-up initiative, to four.

“These are some of the challenges my people have been encountering while conducting massive cleaning of Nairobi rivers. I have called the police from the neighborhood and they are assisting my people to remove the body from the river,” said Governor Sonko.

Embakasi South Sub-County Administrator, John Saruni who led the Ng’arisha Jiji team during the discovery of the body, said they believe the middle aged man could have died more than five days ago since the body had started decomposing.

“We came across the body at around 11am on Saturday morning and we managed to retrieve it before we alerted the police. We are now appealing to those living near river banks to take charge and stop polluting our rivers,” he stated.

The body was picked by police and taken to city mortuary as investigations commence on the incident.

The Ng’arisha Jiji initiative, which focuses on restoring Nairobi River and it’s tributaries, was launched last year by Governor Sonko and Nairobi County First Lady Primrose Mbuvi as part of the Nairobi regeneration exercise.

Last month, Sonko ordered the Nairobi Inspectorate Department to arrest individuals and industrial firms polluting Nairobi river and it’s tributaries.