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Nairobi River can be clean again

By | November 29th 2009

By Phares Mutembei

A long time ago, a pure and crystal clear river coursed through Nairobi. But things went awry and effluence and industrial pollutants found their way into the once sparkling Nairobi River.

Now the dirty, smelly river is neither a pretty sight nor a safe place to swim. However, many people are still dependent on it for water for drinking, cooking, cleaning and other uses.

"It is people who hate a clean environment who are responsible for polluting the river," says Maria Ochoro, a Standard Seven pupil at Nairobi Primary School.

Nairobi’s Makini School students celebrate with their teacher after receiving trophies for their conservation work. Photo: Jenipher Wachie/Standard

Her friend and schoolmate Miriam Kemuma, 14, thinks the same.

"The river flowed with clean water before we started misbehaving and disrespecting it. Nairobi is a Maasai word meaning ‘place of cool waters’ but we destroyed it," says Kemuma, a Standard Eight pupil.

Recently, the two were recognised by the Government through the Ministry of Environment, Minerals and Natural Resources for their essays on conservation.

"Thanks to school children, the river is getting cleaner and clearer now. Many Nairobi pupils take part in cleaning it, planting trees along its banks and educating people on the benefits of a clean river," says Kemuma, who dreams of a day when she will be announced a Nobel Laureate for environmental conservation.

"The best thing we can do while on earth is protect our environment. The people and industries that release dirt into the river should be severely punished to deter further pollution of the river," said Ochoro while accepting her prize from Dr Ayub Macharia of the National Environment Management Authority (Nema).

Kennedy Opara won the first prize in art for Standard Eight.

The pupils were among winners of the national environmental essay and art competition organised by Nema.

All the winners received trophies, certificates and cash prizes. Their schools and teachers were also awarded.

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