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Kenya: Kenafric Industries faces closure for alleged environmental pollution after court dismisses firm's appeal

"Kenafric faces closure for allegedly flouting Nema regulations"

Sweets manufacturer Kenafric Industries Limited has lost a High Court bid to stop its closure by the Nairobi City County over pollution. Kenafric now faces an uncertain future after the court dismissed its case opposing the county's closure notice for allegedly failing to comply with National Environment Management Authority (Nema) rules...

Kenafric has denied the allegation by NCC that it was polluting the environment saying it had complied with all the Nema rules. “We have set up an Xirowet effluent treating plant which has had its discharges examined by the Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company and it has been confirmed to meet all the health and environmental standards,” Mr Ketan Shah states in an affidavit filed in court. Mr Shah further states that they apply to Nema annually to conduct an impact assessment of their operations to ensure “ they comply with various legislations...Besides the Nema assessment we have contracted highly sophisticated scientific measures to undertake evaluation of its effluent to ensure that the discharges are environmentally friendly,” Mr Shah stated in the case before Justice Aburili. Kenafric is one of the leading manufacturers and exporters of sweets, foodstuffs, shoes, exercise books and other industrial packs in the country.