Sunday, January 20, 2019

Environment Secretary Dr Alice Kaudia addressing stakeholders reviewing the draft National Waste Management Bill in Lukenya

Environment and Forestry Principal Secretary, Mr Charles Sunkuli has challenged county governments to rise up to the demand of Kenyans for a clean sustainable environment so as to lay collective foundation for economic development in the country.

“Every Kenyan has a right to a clean and healthy environment which include the right to have their environment protected for the benefit of present and future generations through legislative and other measures as provided in article 69 and 70” He said.

The PS spoke at Lukenya, Machakos County in a speech read on his behalf by the Environment Secretary Dr Alice Kaudia during the opening of a stakeholder’s workshop engaging County Directors of Environment and other participants on the proposed draft National Waste Management Bill 2017.

Participants at the draft National Waste Management Bill 2017

The stakeholders drawn from the 47 counties, Inter religious Council of Kenya, office of the Public Prosecution, National Police service among others met to deliberate on the draft bill and make amendments in readiness for phase II where the views of the public will be incorporated.

Although EMCA 2015 has provisions for waste management the bill will elaborate on it to establish an appropriate legal and institutional framework for efficient and sustainable management of waste in a structure of green economy.

Among clauses expounded on in the bill are policy & co ordination and oversight, measures and actions, duties, public participation, access to information, financial provision, monitoring and compliance, offences and penalties.

Participants pose for a group photo at the workshop to review the draft National Waste Management Bill 2017

In a bid to reach wider stakeholders, Kenyans are urged to visit the Ministry of Environment website www.environment.go.ke and give their views on the draft bill to enable the Ministry come up with a legal document that will guide national and country governments come up with better laws to enable achievement of zero waste by 2030.

 

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