The National Environment Management Authority(NEMA) has shut down Daima milk processors at the Sameer Industrial Park following an impromptu raid by the authority’s officials on Tuesday.
A statement from NEMA stated that Sameer Agriculture and Livestock Limited, which produces Daima Milk and other dairy products, would remain closed indefinitely.
The company was closed after it was found to be discharging untreated wastewater to the public Nairobi Sewer that results in the pollution of Nairobi River.
“We have to close down this facility because they are discharging untreated wastewater bypassing the treatment plant,” Ag. Director General Mamo B.Mamo said.
The company’s Managing Director escaped before Nema officials arrived at the scene but the Cooperation Manager wasn’t as lucky.
Speaking to the press after the closure, Mr Mamo said the exercise will continue.
“We want to put all those facilities polluting our rivers on notice that Nema is not going to stand and wait for you to pollute our rivers. We will continue with this exercise and ensure that our rivers are clean,” he said.
“Nema has identified 102 discharge points along Nairobi River. Out of inspections conducted, 50% of firms have complied. Ongoing inspection is to ensure remaining have complied as per Water Quality Regulation 2006 or be shut & prosecuted.”
On Monday, NEMA carried out a similar spot check that ended in the clampdown of four other companies in Industrial Area, Nairobi.
The companies are Modern Lithographic (K) Ltd, Apex Limited that manufactures paints, Thorlite Kenya Ltd and Kamongo Paper Recycling Company.