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Magogoni residents of Thika East Sub-County are calling on NEMA as well as Kiambu County Government to immediately order the closure of a quarry in the area.

Area MCA Grishon Ngigi says mining activities at the quarry had continued despite a court suspending them. He claimed that houses in the area had developed cracks as a result of the explosives used by the excavators, posing a danger to their occupants. Furthermore, the noise emernating from the quarry had seen some of their children to develop hearing complications.

“My people are suffering because their houses have cracks and their children have developed hearing complications,” he said.

Serah Wambui, a resident, said the cracks started developing immediately the quarry began operation and have been widening every day.

“Doctors have even ascertained that the noise from the quarry is the cause of the hearing complications that some of our children have developed,” said Wambui.

Ngigi ciriticised the county government for failing to ensure the court order barring mining activities at the quarry were adhered to.

“Somebody is bending the law because the court ordered that no operation should be carried out here. It is disturbing that Kiambu County government has not acted on the matter,” he explained.

He now wants the relevant department to resolve the matter once and for all.

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