Kilifi Governor dissolves Malindi Municipality Board over failure of collecting garbage

Kilifi Governor Gideon Mung’aro has dissolved the Malindi Municipality board after an outcry from members of the public over uncollected garbage and mushrooming of illegal dumpsites in the tourist resort towns of Malindi and Watamu.

The uncollected garbage which has lasted more than three months, has become an eyesore in the two towns with residents complaining of the emergence of infectious diseases.

Amina Shali told journalists at one of the illegal dumpsites that her tenants had vacated her rental premises due to the stench from the garbage outside her home.

Barke Zuberi said that already children had started diarrhoea symptoms and that if not checked on time, the garbage menace will be a health and environmental disaster.

Members of the Kilifi County Assembly led by the majority leader and Watamu MCA Ibrahim Matumbo, his Shella ward counterpart Twahir Abdulkarim and nominated MCA Sophia Abdulahi implored on the Governor to sack the board with immediate effect or they will lead a people’s protests in the two towns.

“The only solution to this problem is to ask His Excellency the Governor to disband the Municipal board. They have failed in their job, they have not been able to clean the town, and the town is dark,” said Matumbo.

Governor Mung’aro responded by sacking the entire board and forwarding a list of names to the County Assembly for approval as new board members.

He also ordered the Department of Housing and the Environment departmental heads to pitch tents in Malindi until the illegal dumpsites are wiped out.

In his long-term plan, Mung’aro also announced that the Malindi dumpsite and the slaughterhouse will be relocated to an area far away from the Central Business District.

Mung’aro also dismissed the Municipality manager Assad Sheyumbe and appointed a new board in an acting capacity together with a new manager Engineer Johnson Mwabati saying that the newly appointed manager’s task as he enters office will be to make sure Malindi town was clean as it was stinking with dirt so far.

The new board members will be subjected to vetting at the County Assembly of Kilifi.

“The Malindi Municipality board has not been able to discharge duties and fulfil its mandate of service delivery to the people therefore by the powers vested in me pursuant to section 18(2A) of the Urban Areas and cities act I hereby revoke the appointment of the following board members of the Malindi Municipality,” he said.

Among those shown the door, include the board Chairman Geoffery Katsole, Benjamin Sholo, Johnson Thoya, Rose Dama, Shehe Abdala, and Betty Munga.

Mung’aro said their appointment has been revoked with immediate effect due to gross misconduct and urged all members to surrender all government properties and documents in their custody to the Chief officers of Housing and urban development.

“The Municipality plays a critical role in promotion, regulation and provision of refuse collection and solid waste management services as well as promoting and providing water and sanitation services and infrastructure in the areas within the municipality,” he said.

He said the board is the supreme organ of the municipality and is mandated to oversee the general affairs of the municipality.

The Governor nominated Suleiman Omar as Acting Chairman, Clara Mkambe, and Agnes Muturi.

Mung’aro said he will also nominate four other members who will undergo a competitive appointment process

“My administration is fully committed to ensuring effective, efficient and timely service delivery in our municipalities for the benefit of the people of Kilifi,” he said.

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