NAIROBI, KENYA: Three companies in Nairobi South have been shut down indefinitely over emission of toxic gases in the area.
This is after investigations by the ministry of environment commenced after residents of South B and South C complained of a strong pungent smell since March 5, which they blamed for the hospitalisation of at least four children.
The three companies namely Powerex Company, Edible Oil Company and Usafiplus Company located along Mombasa road were closed down by the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) to allow for further investigations into the issue.
Environment CS Keraiko Tobiko told The Standard that he had received a report on the toxic emissions by the companies from the National Environmental Complaints committee (NECC) led by Dr. John Chumo, leading to their closure.
“Even after the closure of the companies we will definitely keep investigating and tracking the process to make sure no company resumes operations without being given a clean bill of health,” said Tobiko.
The Environment boss further stated that his department was committed in the fight against pollution of any form and warned that stern action would be taken against those found culpable.
Residents in Nairobi South had raised concerns over emissions by factories that they feared would lead to health complications.
The residents said the noxious gases, which were often emitted at night, were causing respiratory problems especially in children, who were then exhibiting symptoms such as nose bleeding, vomiting, and sore eyes.
At the same time, NEMA has closed down a waste management company for flouting the law.