Monday, April 6, 2020

A view of a wetland

Laikipia County National Environment Management Authority (NEMA,) has raised a red flag over the ongoing activities in a wetland a few kilometers from Nyahururu town.

Laikipia County, NEMA Director Fanuel Mosago, says that his office received complaints about a possible encroachment of Gathara/ Silale wetland, situated next to Maina village along the Nyahururu/ Rumuruti road.

‘’We have visited the site and found some developers subdividing the land and even beginning to put up temporary structures,’’ he said. Mr. Mosango raised the issue in a letter addressed to the Water resource Authority (WRA), Engare Narok Neighis Sub Region manager and copied to Laikipia County Commissioner, County executive Committee Member (CECM), Nyahururu Sub County Commissioner, County Director National Land Commission, County Water Resource Manager (WRA) and County Physical planner. He called on Engare Narok Neighis, WRA Sub region manager, to help in establishing the status of the wetland in question and how the ownership documents were acquired.

He at the same time said urgent measures should be taken to stop further encroachment of the wetland as investigation goes on.“If necessary, liaise with enforcement agencies and the administration to stop further encroachment of the wetland as its status is being investigated, “Mosago asked the Engare Narok Neighis Sub Region manager.

He told the WRA office to inform the Chair of the County Environment Committee and NEMA office on any actions taken concerning the ongoing encroachment of the wetland.

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