Monday, July 23, 2018

11th JANUARY, 2017. 

A delegation comprising PS, Environment, Charles Sunkuli , Ministry of Environment and Lamu county government official touring Lake Kenyatta, as a decomposing carcase of an hippo lies at the forefront

A delegation comprising PS, Environment, Charles Sunkuli , Ministry of Environment and Lamu county government official touring Lake Kenyatta, as a decomposing carcase of an hippo lies at the forefront

The Government, through the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, will undertake a scientific research of Lake Kenyatta in Mpeketorni, Lamu, with a view to establishing the route course of its drying up, Principal Secretary in the State Department of Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli has said.

Speaking at Mpeketoni in Lamu, during a fact finding inspection of the environmental impacts of Lake Kenyatta, Mr. Sunkuli, who was accompanied by officials from the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, National Environment Management Authority, Lamu county government, environmentalist’s and stakeholders noted that, the lake was on its verge of extinction unless urgent measures were undertaken to address the vagaries of climate change and human activities affecting the lake.

Noting that the Lake, which is the only source of water for thousands of residents of Mpeketoni and its environs was shrinking at an alarming rate hence threatening the country’s natural resources, Mr. Sunkuli called for the formation of an inter-agency coordinating taskforce, that will ensure the gazzetment of the Lake and mark the riparian area of the lake in order to address insecurity.

The Principal Secretary, who was accompanied by the area member of Parliament, Hon. Julius Ndegwa, Lamu deputy governor, Hon. Eric Mugo and Lamu County Commissioner, Mr. Patrick Kanyiri among other national and county government officials, called for a sustained awareness creation of the lakes sustainability and proposed a marathon that would bring the lake into international limelight and turn it into a recreational facility.

A view of the drying up Lake Kenyatta in Mpeketoni, Lamu.

A view of the drying up Lake Kenyatta in Mpeketoni, Lamu.

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