Tuesday, August 27, 2019- The National Environmental Management Authority (Nema), has shut down Daima Dairy firm for discharging untreated effluents into the Nairobi River.

Acting Nema Director General, Mamo B Mamo, also revealed that they have arrested the firm’s manager and that the facility will remain closed indefinitely.

"Nema has identified 102 discharge points along Nairobi River. Out of inspections conducted, 50% of firms have complied. Ongoing inspections is to ensure remaining have complied as per Water Quality Regulation 2006 or be shut & prosecuted," acting Director-General Mamo B. Mamo stated

“As Nema we have been working with these factories and we normally give them time to comply before we come to the issue of closure. When we looked at the Nairobi river ecosystem we identified 122 discharge points, and these are the points we are currently enforcing to ensure that all these factories along the river basin that are discharging waste into our aquatic environment must be shut down,” he added.

Daima produces various milk products including butter and yoghurt, they are also the local distributor of Creambell ice cream and Aquamist bottled water.

The milk processor is believed to be owned by the Sameer Group.

This comes days after an expose by NTV revealed some industries have been discharging a cocktail of untreated raw waste into Nairobi river and putting lives of millions who depend on the water downstream at risk.

The Kenyan DAILY POST.

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