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Anti-Joho Protests Break Out In Mombasa

Governor Ali Hassan Joho has been given a two-weeks ultimatum by Mombasa residents to either clean up the streets of Mombasa or face eviction from his office.

Protests broke out in Mombasa county on Tuesday with young men taking to the streets with placards written “Joho Must Go”, blaming the Mombasa city boss for poor governorship that has seen garbage collection plants within the county closed.

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“Waste management in Mombasa has become a complex issue due to corruption and bad governorship,” one protester, Alex Mwange,one of the protesters, noted.

The youth also threatened to begin the process of evicting Deputy Governor William Kingi out of his office should the garbage menace fail to be addressed.

Last week,Mombasa Environment Executive Godfrey Nyongesa announced the closure of garbage collection agencies within the county, blaming private entities for causing the garbage pile-ups.

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Mr Nyongesa ordered the unlicensed garbage entities to cease their operations since,according to him, they were the cause of garbage pile-ups and diseases outbreaks in Mombasa.

The youth, however, dismissed claims that there were illegal operators contracted within the county.

“They closed them because they are unable to clear them. Garbage trucks have not been on site for two weeks,” a protester, one Mr Hamisi Mohamed, said.

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Demonstrator hamisi further demanded that county hospitals be equipped to fight diseases like chikungunya and cholera, caused by refuse pile-ups.

“We demand that all county hospitals be equipped with medicine to fight the current epidemic [chikungunya],” Mr Mohamed added.

Mr Nyongesa said waste generators should acquire and display bins within 20 days failure of which the county will take action that may include withdrawal of licences for mercurial entities.

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