The National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) has suspended sand harvesting in most parts of Nakuru due to heavy rains being experienced in the county.
NEMA said it is risky for sand miners to continue with their work during this time of heavy rains as cases of landslides are likely to be experienced.
Wilfred Osumo, NEMA’s Nakuru County director, told journalists on Tuesday that the decision to suspend mining activities was reached after consultations with the county leadership.
“We have reached a decision to suspend all sand mining activities in Rhonda Ng’ambo and other mining centres as landslide cases and quarries caving in are likely to be experienced this rainy season,” he said.
The director further said that mining activities will remain suspended until miners put in place measures to protect the environment.
County Commissioner Mohammed Birik supported the suspension, saying it is a safety measure to avoid calamities.
He said that sand miners will resume their work once rains subside and after getting proper mining documents from NEMA and the county government.