Sand Harvesting within planned 10km Konzacity buffer Zone in Kilome

Uncontrolled sand harvesting like this one

in plots within the proposed 10km Konzacity buffer zone are beginning to create gully’s on stream heads(seasonal rivers) that feed land around Konzacity.
Since most of these are occurring on yet to be developed/occupied parcels of land it is done without consent of land owners, and trucks crosscross the land leaving gullied criss crossed roads all over making it also difficult for land owners to reach their parcels.
Paying local desperate youths around ksh500 to fill the trucks what will be the eventual environmental and economic costs as the gullies extend towards the city environs? Also consider the image of a city being planned and sold to investors with growing gullies around it ie. if they can’t manage the city plus environs before the first structure is put up, how will they manage it when the constructions begin?
Some of these valley’s have dams just a few metres lower originally put up for cattle they have water despite the current dry weather that may soon silt as the natural springs that feed them (dams) during dry spells dry up. Quite an image for the city planners. This also means the city planners never considered the youth around the city and potential eventual security risks as they destroy their own family’s source of water and find themselves desperate in a short while as houses and businesses begin to operate.

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©Muoki Kioko 2009-2012

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