Environmental director harrased over unpaid dues
There was drama at the Lwang’ni beach in Kisumu today after an angry crowd bayed for the blood of the Director of a local environmental group in Kisumu.
Bernard Odinga of Agulu Environmental Group was forced to seek refuge inside the lake after youths especially women demanded money from him.
The locals claim they had paid registration money to the group and were enrolled in a program to remove water hyacinth but have never been paid.
They accosted Mr Odinga who had gone to the area and demanded their money back.
They said they worked for over three months removing the weed from the lake and were to be paid Kshs 600 daily.
However Odinga defended himself saying he had applied for funds from the World Bank to help remove the weed but was frustrated by the local leaders in Kisumu.
In the past year there have been demonstrations by frustrated youths over non payment of the ir dues after helping in the manual removal of water hyacinth in the lake.
It forced the intervention of the police who came and rescued Mr Odinga from the angry crown and drove him to the central police station.
This comes in the wake of a company that had last week announced job opportunities for the youth who would help in the removal of the weed for sale.
Hyaquip company said it had been contracted by an organization in the United Arab Emirates to supply among other things dried hyacinth that will be used to make a number of products.
The company has announced it would be paying Kshs 225 shillings per kilo of the dried weed.In Bondo sub county,former Cabinet Minister Raphael Tuju had also announced they will be hiring 5,000 NYS youths to help in the removal of the weed in the area beaches.
Another number of locals were also to be recruited to help in this.