KARA in partnership with the Kenya Association of Manufactures (KAM) organized a Stakeholders Workshop to facilitate review the draft Solid Waste Management Policy and Bill for Kisumu and Mombasa County.

This is part of the initiative being undertaken by KARA and KAM to support County Governments to have in place legal frameworks that facilitate effective and sustainable management of waste in the Counties. The workshops were held on 20th January 2020 for Kisumu and 21st February 2020 for Mombasa and attended by representatives from the County Governments, Civil Society Organizations, Academia, Resident Associations and Community Based Organizations.

Speaking at the forum, the Mombasa County Executive Committee Member for Environment, Waste Management & Energy Dr. Godfrey Nyongesa Nato, said that the County Government had made great strides towards development of the solid waste management Policy and Bill for the County. He noted that Mombasa County is keen to have the Policy and Bill finalized as they will provide a proper framework for waste management in a structured way. He committed to tabling the Policy and Bill in the cabinet to pave way for submission of the instruments to the County Assembly for adoption and enactment. He said that the County Government will continue sensitizing residents and key stakeholders on the implications of the Policy and the Bill so as to enhance compliance once they are adopted and enacted.

The County Government of Kisumu led by the Chief Officer, Water, Climate Change, Environment and Natural Resources Ms. Maryline Agwa, said that there was need for the County to have a strong Policy and Legislation to facilitate effective management of solid waste. She emphasized on the need for strategic partnerships between the county government and private sector in the solid waste management value chain. She urged the Technical, Vacation, Educational and Training Institutions (TVETS) to develop curriculum on solid waste management, to train youths on effective waste management practices. She assured stakeholders that the County will put in place measures and structures to ensure that the Policy and Bill are effectively implemented.

Participants at the workshops emphasized the need for the County Government to sustainably manage waste by adopting circular economy models as espoused in the draft Solid Waste Management Policy and Bill.  They also urged the county government to embrace public participation and engage key stakeholders in the implementation of the Policy and Bill.