Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima addressing the family, friends, relatives and colleagues to the late Asbel Chepkorir Koech, at his home in Magongi, Uasigishu County

Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima addressing the family, friends, relatives and colleagues to the late Asbel Chepkorir Koech, at his home in Magongi, Uasigishu County

The Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima has said that the current drought that is affecting most parts of Kenya has been caused by climatic change and global warming. “ the only solution to this trend of climatic change is tree planting which can also be done during rainy  seasons” PS remarked.

It is regrettable that the affected areas are experiencing human Wildlife conflicts because the animals are sometimes moving out of their habitat areas because of water and grass. To this, she added, the government has embarked on constructing of electric fences at wildlife demarcated areas to avoid conflicts.

The government has already committed 5.1 million hectares of deforested and degraded forests and other landscapes for restoration by the year 2030. This commitment is directly linked for the National Determined Contribution to climate change (NDC) and the national forestry aspirations, including the minimum 10 % forest cover.

In this case therefore, the country is exploring a wide range of options, including policy and Institutional reforms and investments to protect the existing forests, restore degraded forest ecosystems and to increase forest cover across the country.

Mwakima added the government of Kenya, through the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and County Governments, are working as a team in rehabilitating our water towers to improve the quality of ecosystem services through increased forest cover, improved landscape and natural resources management. This will eradicate poverty through enhancing the productivity of ecosystem services of Kenyan’s critical ecosystems and enhancing resilience to climate change of water sources.

PS Mwakima said this during the burial of her driver senior Sgt. Asbel Kipkorir Koech, which was done at his home Magongi, Segero in Uasin Gishu County. Asbel died on 14th Jan 2017at Nairobi West Hospital while undergoing treatment.

Mwakima said that her hardworking driver Asbel met his death at a time when the government really wanted his good services. He was a committed and distinguished worker who recognized and responded to his call of duty with enthusiasm. He lived a life of humility; his confidence was placed in right places, doing the right things not because he was forced to do so.

The Ps assured mourners that through God’s power, the person or people who shot down Asbel, shall be found, arrested and brought to book. It is only time that can tell- when? The Ps assured the family that God is sovereign and does things in his time.

The death of Asbel  Koech was  a surprise to all and was received by MENR Staff with bouts of pain, shock, anger and  grief.

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