A court has ordered the short-interval of time closure of a leather-primarily based mostly mostly processing company at Dagoretti in Kiambu County till a case filed by residents claiming air pollution is heard and seemingly.
Justice Lucy Gacheru has barred Yetu Leather-primarily based mostly mostly Ltd and the National Surroundings Administration Authority (Nema) from extra infringement of the residents’ constitutional rights to a clean and wholesome atmosphere by operating a leather-primarily based mostly mostly tannery within a residential region.
The short-interval of time injunction expose restraining operations of the leather-primarily based mostly mostly tannery is furthermore directed to Ngethe Mburu, Yetu Leather-primarily based mostly mostly Company Restricted, Kiambu County, Kenya Energy and the Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company.
“It’s the court’s regarded as seek that if the plaintiffs are to suffer any successfully being concerns, the identical would maybe maybe no longer be compensated by prices.
“The plaintiffs possess, attributable to this truth, demonstrated that any damage precipitated would maybe maybe no longer be compensated by methodology of costs and irreparable damage will seemingly be precipitated,” said the elevate while discovering that the steadiness of comfort lies in favour of the residents.
The 99 residents led by Patrick Njenga claimed that in November 2015 one of their neighbours leased land to the leather-primarily based mostly mostly manufacturer to function a leather-primarily based mostly mostly tannery enterprise within the title of Yetu Leather-primarily based mostly mostly Company Restricted.
Properly being hazards
They added that in April 2016, after they learnt of the signing of the hire settlement, they filed an objection with the Nema opposing the issuance of the Surroundings Affect Overview licence.
The opposition changed into as soon as on the grounds that the suit property changed into as soon as no longer environmentally conducive for the establishment of a tannery factory, as it would sigh them and their households to a successfully being hazard.
Nonetheless, in September 2016, Nema issued the licence regardless of their objection.
In response, the Nema thru acting director compliance and enforcement Zephania Ouma said it issued the licence after Yetu Ltd submitted an EIA document for the proposed leather-primarily based mostly mostly tannery.
He said the licence changed into as soon as issued since the corporate complied with all criminal pointers and guidelines.