The National Environment management authority (NEMA) has warned residents staying along Khalaba river in Bungoma town to stop discharging effluents to the river arguing that effluents have really tempered with aquatic life.
The Daily Vendor Newspaper correspondent in Kenya said Erick Matia, the Nema officer in Bungoma County while speaking to the press at Mteremko Vocation training center in Bungoma town, blamed residents staying along the river banks of Khalaba River, appealing to them to stop releasing effluents to the river, he added that the effluents have polluted the water making it unsafe for animal consumption and domestic use.
Matia appealed to the members of the public to conserve the environment by disposing effluents correctly and support the river cleaning program and plant trees along the river banks to make the environment clean and green.
On Covid-19 the Nema officer called on residents to dispose their used facemasks properly.
On his part, Peter Simiyu, President of Rotary Club of Bungoma Magharibi noted that his organization has partnered with NEMA, ministry of environment and Simikha CBO to clean river Khalaba and plant trees.
He added that they also plant trees along Khalaba River that will provide people and animals with clean air to breath, trees absorb carbon dioxide and in return give us oxygen.
“We have planted 120 trees along Khalaba River that will help in preventing soil erosion, offer a habitat for the birds and provide fruits for human consumption,” Simiyu said.