This is the government’s first steps to restore the management of sewage plants as capacity is already overstretched, which poses a health hazard for people living in the Nairobi Metropolitan Area and beyond
The Government has launched an operation to repossess 3,000 acres of the Dandora Estate Waste Sewerage Treatment Plant in Ruai, Nairobi, invaded by Land grabbers in the last term of Dictator Daniel arap Moi regime. The repossession and demolition of structures has President Uhuru Kenyatta’s blessings.
The land grabbers referred to by the Ministry of Land and Physical Planning as “Squatters who illegally settled on the fringes of the sewage ponds have been advised to vacate the area immediately, as all structures erected on the allocated parcel of land will be destroyed”.
Among the prominent squatters who grabbed 3,000 acres of the Waste Sewerage extension is Deputy President William Ruto through a company known as Renton that had been granted a contract to build additional sewerage works in 1996 but the land was immediately transferred to its ownership. Ruto has been unusually quiet about the government move except for his tangatanga squad that is actively defending him in the social media.
The late billionaire Jacob Juma had sued Renton in 2015 seeking to have its title cancelled. He was assassinated by hitmen along Ngong Road on his way home. A policeman was later killed and blamed for the murder. Several other people allegedly linked to Juma’s death were also eliminated.
The repossession operation, spearheaded by the ministries of Water and Lands, will further reclaim public sewer ponds from encroachers, Water Principal Secretary Joseph Irungu and his Lands counterpartNicholas Muraguri, said last Wednesday.
“This is the government’s first steps to restore the management of sewage plants as capacity is already overstretched, which poses a health hazard for people living in the Nairobi Metropolitan Area and beyond,” they said in a joint statement.
The PSs said encroachment by private entities had hampered the expansion of Nairobi’s main sewage plant, aggravating pollution of Nairobi River.
“Water and sanitation facilities require land for existing infrastructure and future expansion. It is for this reason that Government set aside several parcels of land for development of sewerage infrastructure. It is instructive to note that Dandora/Ruai is the most suitable site in Nairobi because it is the lowest point of the city and thus allows the flow of sewage by gravity,” read the statement.
However, the PSs said, land that was meant for development of sanitation facilities, treatment plants and storage facilities in Nairobi had been grabbed by private developerss.
“Out of 1,796.497 hactares that was set aside for expansion of water and sewerage facilities 1,103.565 hectares have been grabbed. This is 62 per cent of the original land allocated for infrastructure development in Ruai, Kariobangi, Karura, Karen, Kabete and Kahawa West.
Expansion of water treatment plants, sewerage systems and water storage tanks is critical for a city whose population is growing at an annual rate of 3.9 per cent. The only land intact is Kikuyu springs water source and Gigiri reservoirs which, the PSs, should be safeguarded from grabbing.
“The sewerage coverage in Nairobi is estimated at 50 per cent. This has led to pollution and deterioration of environment, thus endangering ecosystems, livelihoods and general public health as raw sewage is discharged into the water sources,” the statement reads.
The Dandora plant is located 26km from the CBD on Kangundo road, east of the city along the eastern bypass at Ruai. It is the only Waste Water Treatment Plant reserved for sewage treatment for Nairobi City.
Construction of Phase One of the plant started in 1975 with erection of sewerage facilities and was commissioned in 1978. Phase Two started in 1985 and was commissioned in 1990. Further expansions were undertaken in 2012, and 2014.
The plant treats domestic and industrial waste of about 157,000m3/day during the dry weather and more than 200,000m3/day during the rains. Phase Three is due for construction and will require similar acreage as the existing ponds.
However, over the years, some groups of people have been encroaching on the land, occupying most of the land that was meant for expanding treatment works. The Government estimates that currently, out of a total of approximately 4,240 acres of this land, only 1,637 acres is utilised for sewerage.
“Sadly, even the land in use has been encroached. The rest of the land has been grabbed in totality. The same trend of encroachment has also taken place in Kariobangi, Karura, Loresho, Farasi pumping station, Karen ponds and Kabete treatment works among others,” they added.
The Government has already secured a Ksh20 billion loan from the Africa Development Bank (ADB) and the French Development Agency (AFD) to connect more households to the sewerage system and construct 80,000m3/day of sewage treatment system in Ruai starting July.
“To increase water supply in the city, the Government is implementing several water projects like the Northern Collector Tunnel, Karemenu II Dam, and Ruiru II Dam among other planned ones. Some 80 per cent of the water that is produced becomes sewage and thus needs to be safely disposed,” the statement read.
The State officials further expressed fear that projects such as the Ksh42 billion Thwake Dam whose construction is expected to be complete in November will go to waste if Athi River basin is not restored and sewage is treated to the required standards before it is discharged into the environment.
“It is recommended that all land that was set aside for development and expansion of sewerage system in Nairobi County but has been illegally acquired by third parties be recovered,” the PSs said.
A firm registered as Renton Company Limited was granted a “CONTRACT” to develop a sewer treatment plant on Nairobi City Council 3,000 hectares land in 1996.
The sewer system was planned to serve the ever expanding Nairobi City population including huge settlements in the north eastern parts of the city. But that was NOT to be thanks to financial GREED by budding young political activists in Youth for Kanu 1992 (YK’92).
Less than an hour after the CONTRACT” was given out, the Ministry of Lands transferred the ownership of the land to the same company. Ruto supporters argue that his name does not appear in any of the company documents.
A company now Kenyans are learning is owned by Kenya’s current Deputy President William Ruto, who in YK’92 had helped dictator Daniel arap Moi win Presidential election. Ruto was a major beneficiary of Moi generosity with plundered public funds used in 1992.
Ruto is now aspiring to be President of Kenya in 2022 – thanks to immense wealth built on a career of wanton naked CORRUPTION. The big question is how a man who CANNOT comprehend the importance of expanding the sewerage for an ever growing population of the capital City will fathom the needs of a Nation?
The land is currently valued at Ksh 25 billion. However, the home owners coned to buy properties there are being evicted now that the government has reclaimed its land. The name of Patrick Kibagendi Osero has featured prominently as a nominees in other shadowy companies where he has been a representative of Ruto. He was at one time cited as the owner of Weston hotel and when asked to clarify the hotel’s association with the Ruto, he claimed Ruto only visited the hotel as his friend.
All the other names cited as shareholders in the company certificate document are collateral victims of CORRUPTION. Indeed, Osero has confirmed Deputy President Ruto owns Renton company.
Land grabbing ventures by William Ruto end with “ton” – Easton Apartments along Jogoo Road, Easton Hotel in Langata and Renton in Ruai – All on grabbed public land.