By Elizabeth Mwai
The Government has taken a flower company to court for alleged discharge of toxic waste into Lake Naivasha.
A ban has also been placed on fishing and hawking of fish along the lake.
Public Health Minister Beth Mugo yesterday directed an immediate inspection of the flower firm to stop any more emission.
"We cannot move the lake and therefore the flower farms must allow inspection and approval by public health officials or be shut down," said Mugo.
The minister advised residents to be on the lookout for vendors who may sell contaminated fish to them.
Mugo said upon inspection by public health officials, a company was found emitting poisonous chemicals and raw sewage into the lake.
According to experts the fish were dying due to lack of oxygen caused by the raw sewage and the algae abundant growth of algae in the lake.
The minister said her ministry was working with the Fisheries ministry and the Marine Department to clean up the lake.
"Since the situation is exacerbated with fish dying, if they do not take immediate action matters will get worse," said Mugo.
Extinction of marine life
Environmentalists have cautioned extinction of marine life and drying up of the lake due to extensive pollution and overuse of the scarce water resource of the fresh water lake.