Mt. Longonot National park closed down due to poor sanitation

Kenya’s Mt Longonot national park was closed indefinitely due to poor sanitation.

The department of public health ordered for the closure of the park after an acute shortage of water hit the facility.

For the last three weeks, visitors to the renowned park have been forced to use bushes after the only toilets were closed down - raising fears of disease outbreak.

In a statutory notice by Mai Mahiu Public health officer George Mwangi, the park should stop receiving any visitors until the issue of water and sanitation is addressed.

The health official says KWS had failed to provide water for use in public toilets at the park; the situation worsened with alternative pit latrines being filled up.

"You are required with immediate effect to provide water in the toilets, keep them clean and cease from using the already filled up latrines," reads the notice.

The management was further warned that they will face legal action if they fail to comply with the directive.

A junior worker in the park said that the toilets were closed down three weeks ago after KWS failed pay water bills.

The worker said the current situation was shameful noting that the park raked thousands of shillings daily.

"The blame lies squarely with the headquarters. They are eager to receive funds from the park but do not want to pay the suppliers."

KWS spokesman Paul Gathitu said that he would liaise with the officers on the ground and issue a comprehensive statement later.

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