Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu has initiated plans for the removal of life-threatening asbestos waste dumped at Kiongwe hills in Kitui East sometime in March.
Notably, the hills feed water to Thua River from which majority of Kitui East residents and their Kitui South neighbors draw water for both domestic use and watering livestock.
Ngilu today hosted Mr Maluki Mwendwa, the owner of the land in which the hazardous materials were dumped, in her office where they unanimously resolved to ensure extraction and safe disposal of the asbestos within the agreed period.
According to Ngilu’s plans, the exercise will involve engagement of experts in handling of hazardous waste to guarantee zero pollution of the environment.
“We can allow our people to continue living in fear of the worst while on their own land since it’s their constitutional right to live in a safe environment.
“I promise the people of Kitui East particularly those who draw water from Thua River that all safety measures will be put in place when getting rid of the asbestos,” the county boss noted.
Prolonged inhalation of asbestos fibres causes serious respiratory problems, lung cancer and eventually death.