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Presidential Candidates Warned Against Flouting Nema Laws

By - Robert Nyasato | November 28th 2012

By Robert Nyasato

The National Environment and Management Authority (Nema) has expressed concern over noise pollution being perpetuated by politicians particularly presidential candidates during their campaigns.

The authority lamented that the politicians are setting a bad precedent before the general public by flouting laid down laws with impunity.

A director with Nema, Mr Samson Bokea said MPs and even Cabinet Ministers campaigning for election in the forthcoming General Elections are also major culprits.

“MPs are making a lot of noise which is against the laws that they themselves passed,” Bokea lamented.

Bokea who is the Kisii County Director of Environment said the politicians had ignored advice to seek guidance from his office on how to conduct their campaigns without infringing on other peoples’ fundamental rights but instead decided to keep off.

He said the campaigners for elective offices risked being arraigned in court where they would be fined Sh350,000 for breaking the law.

The director asked MPs to get a license from Nema offices at Sh2200 for seven days so that they would conduct their campaigns within the law.

He said the politicians were openly flouting Environmental Regulations of 2009 on Noise and Excessive Vibrations and the long arm of the law would catch up with them.

“The MPs should be role models in upholding the laws they enact in parliament,” He pointed out that presidential candidates were conducting road shows with loud speakers mounted on vehicles emitting a lot of noise and excessive vibrations.

They also do the same while holding rallies to popularise their candidature as the March 4 election day draws near.

Lately presidential hopefuls including Prime Minister Raila Odinga, his deputies Uhuru Kenyatta, Musalia Mudavadi, Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, Gichugu MP Martha Karua, National Planning Assistant Minister Peter Kenneth, Eldoret North MP William Ruto have been flocking Kisii to solicit votes through road shows and public rallies.

However Bokea says none of them or their handlers have sought authority from his office to be guided on how to go about the permitted noise levels.

He also censored Foreign Affairs Minister, Prof Sam Ongeri and his Public Works counterpart Chris Obure for flouting the law during the campaigns.










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