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14 October 2019

Kenya: A progress report on class action lawsuit against Metal Refinery EPZ for alleged pollution leading to deaths

Author: Center for Justice Governance and Environmental Action

"The Owino Uhuru class action suit progress report: From 2016-2019"...

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6 December 2018

Health ministry and NEMA trade blame over Mombasa slum lead poisoning

Author: Joackim Bwana, Standard Digital (Kenya)

Two State entities have blamed each other for negligence that has allegedly led to the death of 20 people.  Officials from the Ministry of Health and those from the National Environment Management Authority (Nema) yesterday traded accusations in court...

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30 August 2018

Metal Refinery (EPZ) lawsuit (re lead pollution in Kenya)

In 2016, the Centre for Justice Governance and Environmental Action (CJGEA) instituted a class action lawsuit on behalf of the Owino Uhuru community in a Kenyan Environment and Land Court in relation to lead contamination and poisoning....

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10 August 2018

Lead victims from Owino Uhuru slum still seeking justice

Author: Ernest Cornel, The Star (Kenya)

In another case of environmental poisoning, residents of Owino Uhuru slum in Jomvu, Mombasa, are in court seeking compensation following lead poisoning.  The 3,000 residents either worked or bordered the now- defunct smelting plant, Metal Refinery EPZ...

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24 April 2018

The woman risking her life to save a village from lead poisoning

Author: Deborah Bloom, CNN

For close to a decade, Omido has been visiting the Owino Uhuru village, monitoring the various illnesses, deaths, and miscarriages that have occurred since a nearby smelter contaminated the village's air and water with lead...Omido, 39, is one of Kenya...

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19 March 2018

Kenya lead victims denied their day in Mombasa court

Author: Cristina Krippahl, DW

Residents of Owino Uhuru in Mombasa County filed the class action lawsuit against thegovernment and the Metal Refinery EPZ Ltd after they fell ill from lead poisoning. They are asking for the equivalent of €13 million ($16 million) in compensation for...

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15 February 2018

Kenya: Goldman Prize-winning activist leads lawsuit against lead smelting factory that allegedly caused lead poisoning

Phyllis Omido is leading a landmark class action demanding a clean-up and compensation from a lead-smelting factory accused of poisoning local residents - including her own son. She has in the past been threatened by thugs, arrested by police and...

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15 February 2018

Woman human rights defender overcoming threats & intimidation to bring a lawsuit against factory allegedly polluting environment causin health complications

Author: Jonathan Watts, The Guardian

"Kenya's 'Erin Brockovich' defies harassment to bring anti-pollution case to courts"...

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10 October 2017

Environmental defender's activism against a lead-smelting factory whose discharge allegedly caused lead poisoning

Author: UN Environment

"On the frontlines of the fight for a healthy planet"...

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13 April 2017

Kenya: Police commence investigations on threats against activist who filed a lawsuit against companies for environmental pollution

Author: Ernest Cornel, The Star (Kenya)

"Police probes alleged harassment of CJGEA workers for defending environment"...

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