By Dennis Rasto
Former National Authority for the Campaign Against Drug Abuse (NACADA) boss, John Mututho is calling for extreme vetting and control of flower farms in Naivasha in a move he says will mitigate pollution of lake Naivasha.
Mututho says some flower farms neighboring Lake Naivasha are discharging toxic waste heavily concentrated in lead and other heavy metals are in the fresh water, poisoning the waters and affecting the flora and fauna as well as livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of shore line communities.
Speaking in Nakuru today, the onetime Naivasha law maker wants relevant regulatory authorities to take decisive action against flower farms flouting environmental regulations.
Mututho says flower farms which scientists have associated with wanton pollution should not be allowed to be established along the lake that as many as 5,000 households depend on for fish and other edible marine animals and for sustainable existence of other aquatic life at the lake.
Cumulative exposure to the water that scientists report to be heavily concentrated in lead and cadmium may lead to cancerous complications to users of the lake as well as deformity in growth among children exposed to contaminated water and food sourced from the lake.
Mututho wants law enforcement agencies to swing in to action and save the lake and thousands of livelihoods that rely on it.
His sentiments come in the wake of foreign scientists raising numerous red flags about the wanton pollution at the fresh water lakes saying the incessant pollution may adversely affect users of the natural resource and aquatic life in it.
He used the occasion to call on the Regional Government of Nakuru to repair sewerage facilities in the Lake side town which he says have been in disrepair for years and have exposed residents to recurrent danger of water borne diseases.