Dandora dumpsite does not belong to county, auditor says

Monday, April 15th, 2024 04:50 | By
Garbage at the Dandora dumpsite in Nairobi. PHOTO/Print
Garbage at the Dandora dumpsite in Nairobi. PHOTO/Print

Nairobi County has once again been hit with a huge blow after Auditor General revealed that City Hall does not own land where Dandora dumpsite sits.

Auditor General Nancy Gathungu in her report for the County Executive of Nairobi for the financial year ending June 2023, reveals that the Dandora dumpsite is approximately 50 hectares.

However, City Hall possesses ownership documents for only 15.02 hectares out of the total 50 hectares.

“The Dandora dumpsite is approximately 50 hectares. However, management has ownership documents for land measuring 15.02 hectares while 34.98 hectares have no ownership documents,” reads the document.

As a result, Gathungu highlights that City Hall risks loss or misappropriation of the land if the ownership is not regularised.

World Bank funds

The Dandora dumpsite was officially opened in 1975 with World Bank funds and 26 years later in 2001, it was considered full to capacity.

In 2016, a German firm that was contracted by City Hall to set up a Sh28 billion power plant at the Dandora dumpsite withdrew because the county lacks a title deed for the land, the report says.

The 2014-15 report by the Auditor General revealed that the firm Sustainable Environment Management UG had asked the county to provide the title deed for the 30 acres before it invested in the project.

The firm was to eliminate the need to relocate the dumpsite by investing in renewable energy using the waste as the raw material to produce as much as 160MW of power daily.

Former County Lands Executive Christopher Khaemba had acknowledged then that City Hall did not have a title deed for the land but they could acquire one if they get a serious investor.

Up to date, the site still serves as Nairobi’s main dumpsite today

According to a report from the National Environmental Complaints Committee (NECC), Kenya produces 22,000 tonnes of waste daily, with Nairobi County contributing 2,400 tonnes.

The waste composition includes 60 to 70 per cent organic, 20 per cent plastic, 10 per cent paper, two per cent metal, and one per cent medical waste.

Unfortunately, all waste is deposited at the Dandora dumpsite without any segregation, leading to a mixture of plastic with decomposing garbage. The dumpsite poses health risks, contributing to the rise of chronic diseases in the neighbourhoods nearby. Last year, Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja initiated plans to establish a waste energy processing plant in Dandora.

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