By Elvis Maina
Nairobi City County gets the highest funding from the national government. It also collects more taxes than any other county in Kenya. Compared to Mombasa, Governor Hassan Joho gets peanuts. Yet, you move around Nairobi streets and estates; heaps of filth and garbage choke you.
Nairobi is inhospitable. Nation Newspaper once quipped, “Whereas developed cities have efficient systems for sorting and clearing garbage, Nairobi just creates a mountain of rotting garbage in an open field”.
Nairobi today is filthier than it was when he took over. This is because City Hall; the county headquarters, is a filthy place. The place is filled with the city’s worst scumbags.
The head of the scumbags is none other than Gov. Kidero. In the early stages of his government a private company called ‘Creative Consolidated’ was contracted by City County to manage waste collection. This company does shoddy job.
Sadly, it has monopolized waste collection. The sad thing is; it can’t be changed because it’s owned by…well…well..well…your guess is right.
The worst hit areas are places where low-income city residents live. In these areas, uncollected garbage can take weeks and weeks before city trucks show up.
In Eastleigh, which contributes substantially to the city county’s taxes, residents even threatened to boycott paying duties. You can read that here.
On managing filth alone, Dr. Kidero should lose and a new government formed at City Hall that can save the city from the filth of city hall.