Sinohydro Corporation, the Chinese firm tarmacking the Kibwezi-Kitui trunk road, has assured residents of Matinyani Ward in Kitui West that no harmful waste was discharged into Mutendea river as earlier alleged.
This after area locals raised alarm over claims that the road contractor had dumped hazardous waste from its site into the seasonal river which they said they rely on for domestic and irrigation purposes.
Though the firm admitted that some of the sewerage waste had been washed into the stream by rainwater following heavy downpour, its management assured locals that nothing toxic had found its way into the stream hence no cause for alarm.
“There was no intentional depositing of any waste into the stream as alleged by a section of residents and we sincerely regret any lapse of control in the management of waste from the Matinyani site that has led to this situation,” said Mr Li Min, an official of Sinohydro.
He affirmed the firm had immediately swung into action to correct the situation so as to ensure that it never recurs in future.
He added that they had not anticipated such heavy downpour as they setup sewerage system for the site.
“We’ve engaged the services of an exhauster to drain the septic tank which slightly overflowed due to the heavy downpour besides initiating modification of the entire system to make it foolproof,” he noted.
NEMA officials accompanied by officers from the County Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources also visited the area to asses the situation and called for quick intervention from the Chinese contractor to avoid any further washing of wastes into the stream even as the October rains continue.