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- Principal Secretary, State Dept of Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli during the interview with KTN's Alex Chamwanda in his NHIF office..JPG

– Principal Secretary, State Dept of Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli during the interview with KTN’s Alex Chamwanda in his NHIF office..JPG

A comprehensive study of the Nairobi River Basin to determine the level of pollution in the water will be conducted. A scoping mission has already been done on the study that is expected to be completed in six months.  The report will inform on the next steps that will include withdrawal of licenses of culprits who fail to comply with the set standards.

Principal Secretary, Charles Sunkuli stated that the Ministry has undertaken activities to clean and rehabilitate Nairobi River since 2008.  It has also coordinated stakeholders who play a key role in the rehabilitation namely; Nairobi City County, Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company, Water Resources Management Authority, and the Residents Association – KARA.

He explained that a directorate of Urban Rivers Rehabilitation Program (URRP) was formed to clean and rehabilitate urban rivers in the country. The rivers include; Sosiani, Muranga, Narok, Migori among others. He expressed satisfaction that if the Ministry is allocated 1.5-2billion annually, all activities will be undertaken and sustained to ensure cleaner and rehabilitated rivers.

Speaking to KTN crew during a Special Report interview on Nairobi River in his office today, Principal Secretary Charles Sunkuli decried inadequate resources that have scaled down the level of activities in cleaning and restoring the river.

He said that the State Department of Environment was in discussions with the Architectural Association of Kenya to ensure that going forward, rivers should not be at the back of any new building but in the front to create greater responsibility of taking care of the river.

On climate change and Sustainable Development Goals, the PS said the Ministry has started an air quality programme in the country that will do emission testing for all vehicles in the city to reduce the level of pollution.

Present during the interview was the Director, URRP Eric Akotsi.

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