Friday, December 6, 2019

CS Keriako Tobiko plants a tree at Thumaita forest block in Kirinyaga during a tree planting exercise

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko has called on every Kenyan to plant and grow at least five {5} trees in order to increase the country’s tree cover which is deficient.

“Based on the just concluded census, there are 47 million Kenyans and if each planted at least 5 trees we will have at least 235 million trees in the country which will aid our attempt to plant 2 billion trees is the next three years.” The CS said.

The CS cited the recent record broken by Ethiopia by planting 350 million trees in 12 hours saying it is achievable here in Kenya.

He urged all Kenyans to take up the responsibility of environmental conservation and tree growing adding that its success is dependent on concerted efforts.

Mr. Tobiko criticized illegal extraction and abstraction of water by influential people like politicians and powerful individuals upstream which was denying poor people downstream the right to access of water.

“Water comes from water towers and hill tops but does not reach the people downstream due to greed and corruption. The rivers across all the water towers are completely dry be it in the Mau Forest Complex or Cherangani Hills,”. The CS stated.

He cited illegal connections of water pipes in the Mooreland’s as a major reason for decreased flow of water across the rivers countrywide.

The CS was however, optimistic that the rivers will start flowing again, since together with his Water Counterpart Cabinet Secretary Simon Chelugui they had dismantled illegal water connections.

Mr. Tobiko took the opportunity to warn politicians to steer clear of matters environment saying he is determined to ensure a clean and healthy environment for all.

CS Keriako Tobiko with two young environmentalist Ambrose Mwai and Gabi Ashra Muthiga at Thumaita forest block

The CS was speaking in Thumaita Block in Castle Forest Station, Kirinyaga in the larger Mt Kenya Water Tower as he led a tree planting exercise where 13,000 indigenous tree seedlings were planted.

The event organized by Green Spaces, a community Based Organization based in Kirinyaga County was attended by Kirinyaga CEC in charge of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Dr Jakan Gutu, Kirinyaga East Deputy County Commissioner Mr. Moses Gicharu, Chairmen and CEOs of various government agencies, Representative of the Chief Conservator of Forests Mr. Alex Lemarkoko, students of Kirinyaga University, members of  local community among others.

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