Infant's body retrieved from Nairobi River

Tuesday November 12 2019

Veska Kangogo addressing journalists at City Hall on November 12, 2019. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NATION MEDIA GROUP


The body of an infant is the latest discovery by a group of youths cleaning the filth-ridden Nairobi River.

The body, retrieved at the Korogocho section of the river, brings the number of bodies recovered in the ongoing cleanup of the river to 17.

Environment executive Veska Kangogo said the infant’s body was retrieved at Korogocho KA village at the bridge connecting Dandora and Korogocho and has since been handed over to the police for further action.

Ms Kangogo confirmed the bodies of 13 infants and four adults had been recovered since the cleanup campaign was launched by Governor Mike Sonko in May last year.

“I want to urge our sisters, mothers and health practitioners to be humane. We cannot continue retrieving bodies of innocent babies every day,” Ms Kangogo said.

Mr Fredrick Okinda, the leader of the more than 600 youths under Komb Green Solutions, said the body was fresh and was found floating on the river, with its umbilical cord still attached.


“It is traumatising and most of us are getting affected psychologically. Many children are also playing at the renovated Korogocho People’s Park and the sight of the bodies affects them too,” he said.