A local court has instructed the government to build public toilets and other sanitation facilities along major highways following a petition by Nairobi lawyer Adrian Kamotho.
The lawyer had sought an order for the government to provide the facilities within a 60-day period saying the law entitles every citizen toa a clean and healthy environment and reasonable standards of sanitation.
The matter was heard by Justice Kossy Bor who in his ruling directed the ministry of transport to constitute a working group including representatives from the council of governors (COG), Kenya National Highways Authority, Kenya Rural Roads Authority and Kenya Urban Roads Authority to look into the matter.
Citing the right to a clean and healthy environment, he ruling outlines that the team should formulate the policy for the provision of sanitation facilities along the highways.
The court said that the budgetary implications of formulating and implementing the policy mean it was impracticable to have functional public toilets within the 60 days period sought by the advocate.
“The national transport policy should incorporate toilets and other sanitation on road stops on the national and international trunk roads. The policy should take into account the need to have toilets and other sanitation facilities maintained properly by the county governments once constructed,” she said.