21 bodies retrieved from Nairobi river

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

The body of two infants retrieved from Nairobi river in Korogocho area earlier in the week have brought to 21 the number of bodies retrieved since restoration works began early last year.

The 21 include 16 infants and 5 adults.

The bodies were retrieved by comb green clean up team working under Nairobi governor Mike Sonko and reported to the Kariobangi police station that authorized their burial.

According to Fredrick Okinda, who is leading the clean-up team, the Monday morning exercise was cut short when one of the team members noticed a paper bag floating on water only to realise that the remains of an infant were hidden in it.

“One of us noticed a paper bag floating around and when he went on to open it, he was shocked to find remains of an infant and minutes later, we found another body of a girl dumped around the same area,” Okinda noted.

The Nairobi River Restoration Project kicked off early last year.

According to Governor Sonko,the police should come up with more concrete solutions that will help nab those dumping babies and those promoting abortion, urging the locals to be on the lookout as well and act as vigilantes to help report those perpetrating the vice.

The issue has also attracted the attention of organisations dealing with children rights who are now calling on young ladies facing abortion temptations to contact them for counseling.

The Korogocho area has become synonymous with the vice despite previous measures to tame it.