Mai Mahiu quarries closed over environmental concerns

Nakuru County Government has suspended operations in two major quarries in Mai Mahiu, Naivasha, for two weeks after protests by residents.

The residents protested mining of ballast, saying blasts had affected their houses and livestock.

The County Director of Environment Mureithi Kiogora said their investigations had proved that the residents' grievances were true.

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Addressing journalists after visiting the quarries and affected homes yesterday, Mr Kiogora said they would re-evaluate the companies' licences before deciding the next course of action.

“It’s true that the blasts from these quarries have affected many homes and we have suspended for one week any operations until we get the way forward,” he said.

He accused the two companies involved in quarrying of disregarding the law, thus putting the lives of residents in "great danger".

The chairman of the environmental committee in the county assembly Gathariki Kamanu said they did not want to take chances following the Solai dam tragedy where 48 lives were lost in May last year.

“We have recorded cases where houses have developed cracks, water tanks have collapsed and dust is the norm in this area, and hence the need to act,” he said.

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