The Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources Prof. Judi Wakhungu has called on mobile phone operators and relevant Government agencies to partner with Residents Associations in creating awareness regarding the effect of Electro Magnetic Frequency (EMF) emanating from Base Transceiver Stations (BTS).

Speaking at a forum organized by Kara in collaboration with National Environment Management Authority and Communications Authority, the CS pointed out that most of the complaints about negative effect of EMF are due to lack of proper information that leads to unnecessary fears. “Partnerships with resident associations under the ambit of the Kenya Alliance of Resident Associations (KARA) will come in handy to increase the understanding of EMF issues among our residents and other stakeholders” she said

She stated that her Ministry is enhancing its regulatory capacity in conjunction with the relevant agencies such as the NEMA and CA to handle cross cutting matters. The Ministry has also enhance partnership efforts with various stakeholders to raise awareness and debunk myths on issues surrounding EMF and its health effects if any. Click here for full statement

Speaking at the same forum, NEMA Director of Enforcement and Compliance Mr. David Ongare called for collective action by various stakeholders in addressing environmental challenges in Kenya. He said that lack of proper scientific data on matters such as EMF effect make citizen to live in fear due to mis-information.

Mr. Kemei from Communications Authority stated that they have provided clear guidelines on the placing of ICT infrastructure and have put in place measure to ensure that all ICT gadgets entering Kenya are tested to ensure that they comply with safety standards.