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KNCCI blames Mombasa County for spread of diseases

Garbage piled up in front of businesses outside the Kongowea market in Mombasa. FILE PHOTO | KEVIN ODIT | NMG
Garbage piled up in front of businesses outside the Kongowea market in Mombasa. FILE PHOTO | KEVIN ODIT | NMG  

The Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) says failure to clean Kenya's main tourist hub has led to increased incidences of disease.

KNCCI coast branch chair, Rukiya Rashid, said Sunday that the outbreak of Cholera and Chikungunya virus diseases has kept tourists away from Mombasa for fear of infection.

She attributed the rise in cases of the diseases to failure by the Hassan Joho-led government to clear rotting piles of garbage that have made life miserable for locals and tourists.

“The tourism sector is picking after the prolonged election season but our County is letting us down even as we expect more visitors, thus our appeal to the government is to ensure they clear the garbage,” said Ms Rashid during a live interview with NTV yesterday.

To date, at least 32 people are confirmed to have been infected with the Chikungunya virus in Mombasa, leading to fear of its spread by residents.

Ms Rashid called upon Mr Joho to get industry stakeholders on-board to discuss how the garbage menace can be dealt with.

“We are ready as a chamber to put our heads together with the other stakeholders and deal with this menace once and for all,” she said, adding that the diseases are affecting the County’s manpower.

A spot check by Nation established that despite calls to the County to clear the garbage, piles of filth still lay on the city's roads.

Tourism players have been among those who have made several calls to the administration to come up with a solution to the mounds of waste dotting parts of the resort hub.

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