2.5 Action taken on environmental pollution by Bunda Oil Industries
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TMF individual grantee Anthony Mayunga, a correspondent with a leading Kiswahili daily newspaper Mwananchi, published a series of news stories and features on environmental pollution by Bunda Oil Industries Limited in Bunda District, Mara Region.
“I was driven to pursue the story owing to the loss of livestock that the villagers were experiencing, especially after their cattle drank the contaminated water from Kyandere River.....The stories I published prompted the Bunda District Economy, Works and Environmental Committee to request the National Environmental Management Council (NEMC) to carry out inspection in the industry to assess the health and safety risks posed by the operations of the industry,” said the journalist.
The council directed the industry to stop all production activities until immediate actions were taken on environmental pollution. The NEMC letter to the factory’s manager gave measures to be taken immediately, including construction of a waste water treatment plan with enough capacity to treat all waste water in compliance with the requirements of the country’s environmental management regulations.
Other directives related to repairing and fencing existing water ponds, conduct environmental auditing and moving all solid wastes to appropriate dumping sites, providing protective gear to the staff and educating staff on how to use the gear properly.