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Wavinya links rampant cancer cases to ‘poisonous’ River Athi

Machakos Governor Wavinya Ndeti
Machakos Governor Wavinya Ndeti

Machakos Governor Wavinya Ndeti has claimed excessive pollution of River Athi is to blame for the prevalence of cancer and other life-threatening diseases among residents of Mwala Sub-County.

Speaking at Kyawango during a public participation event, Wavinya urged President William Ruto to fast-track the proposed rehabilitation of the river, noting that dozens of residents that have been consuming the water have been adversely affected.

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“I call upon President Ruto to swiftly actualize the clean-up of this river in order to prevent further loss of lives of our people through cancer and other ailments,” she said

The Governor noted that there was correlation between the consumption of water from River Athi by local residents, and the number of cancer cases registered from that region.

“Cancer cases in Mwala have been on the rise due to heavy pollution of this river and it is unfortunate that the State has not taken any meaningful measures to tame the situation,” she said.

Failure to clean-up River Athi could also  spell doom to the multi-billion Thwake Dam project, which will mainly draw water from the facility.

At the same time, she urged the local residents to go for cancer screening sessions regularly, saying that when detected early, it is curable.

“I encourage our people from Mwala and elsewhere across the county, to visit our cancer screening centres in our major hospitals and get tested. Cancer, when detected at early stages, is curable,” she said.

The Governor said it was a big shame that Kenya was finding it hard to fix such a critical facility that serves as the lifeline of millions of people downstream.

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