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Why the government ignores Lake Victoria

It is sad to say but Kisumu County has no idea of how to improve the lake environment. At the popular Lwang’ni Kiosks on the lake, still many car users wash their cars inside the lake, making the lake water turn red and black because of filth from the cars. Just imagine this is the water most of the Kisumu residents rely on for their livelihood. Actually fish from the same water is not tasting good anymore. They feed on polluted and contaminated water. Human faeces are also intermingled with other germ contained waste that end up directly in the lake. Jobless youth hang around to grab drivers who get there to enjoy they dish of fish to get some money washing their cars in the lake. As I stopped there, for 30 minutes almost 7 cars and 3 big tacks were washed there. Actually, those vehicles were very dirty and in bad shape. All the dirt, chemicals from the engine, and lead are being emptied in the vulnerable lake water. Fish feed exactly on the same waste making human health be at risk. Remember also that health is the biggest business in Kenya as every medical personnel must have a private clinic where you pay heftly in order to be attended to. In many cases, many patients die from curable diseases. The main question of this blog is, where does the county government spend billions of money allocated? Where does NEMA spend the government money, if it cannot handle efficiently the environmental degradation? It is again this lake environment where LAVEM initiated funded by international institutions spend millions of dollars.
Lake Victoria in Kenya is the most vulnerable lakes in East Africa. The Uganda and Tanzania are doing their best to control the pollution of the lake. To prove this, the best fish now come from Uganda into Kenya. This makes eating fish a luxury for the elite. It is sad. The poor people can only get the fish skeleton after removing the fillets. In Obunga estate, the biggest business in the estate is to trade on the left over from nile perch. The industry is very smelly and the atmosphere is terribly polluted. The poor people of Kisumu can only afford mgongo wazi, or fish skeletons which they deep fry in recycled oil until the spines are soft enough. This is eaten with soup and ugali. It is sad and we must create an awareness.
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