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To combat the environmental and health challenges that Nairobians face from the hazardous Nairobi River, a nongovernmental organization is calling on all stakeholders to consider making cleanup exercises a collective responsibility for all.

The river which has been making headlines for the wrong reasons is under the weight of trash, which now threatens its existence.

According to Africa Disaster Response and Research Foundation chairman Thomas Makori who spoke during a cleanup exercise, Nairobi River could recoup its lost glory should the river cleanup be an all-inclusive affair.

“Nairobi River is in pathetic situation. It is stinking; dirty and smelly .We started our exercise from the Kingara road bridge near Nakumatt junction along cleaning bushes by removing litter, plastics, opening the river flow a month ago. We are now at Kirireshwa,” said Makori.

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To tackle the nature challenges that are a major threat to the environment and which have seen some locals residing along the river vacate over foul smell, Makori called for support from the county and other stakeholders.

“We are appealing to anybody of good will to come forward and assist in making the Nairobi river clean and attractive to both local and foreign tourists. Apart from clean water for use and breathing life to aquatic creatures, Nairobi river could be made great again and thereby create opportunities in hospitality and tourist sectors,” he said.

Makori said the organization which has been offering voluntary community projects was set up in light of the existing plight of arid and semi-arid natural disasters in Kenya.

“The idea behind this project was to tackle the issue of biting poverty in marginalized communities in the country. By targeting projects aimed at eradicating poverty, the foundation seeks to improve the living standards of not only Kenyans but Africans in general,” he added.

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