Sunday, July 12, 2020
 PS, Dr. Chris Kiptoo, with the multi-agency team on addressing pollution load to L. Victoria, inspecting the compliance levels at the Maseno University.

PS, Dr. Chris Kiptoo, with the multi-agency team on addressing pollution load to L. Victoria, inspecting the compliance levels at the Maseno University.

The Principal Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forestry Dr. Chris Kiptoo, has decried the massive soil erosion in Lake Victoria basin, that is causing siltation of the Lake, and called for improved land management by counties in the basin to reduce the alarming siltation of the Lake.

The PS was speaking after a fact finding mission of factors causing pollution of Lake Victoria.

Dr. Kiptoo who was accompanied by his Fisheries and Blue Economy counterpart Prof Micheni Ntiba, visited some of the identified lake polluters like Maseno University and Kisumu Water and Sewerage Company (KIWASCO).

The PS called for upgrading of KIWASCO to improve its capacity in order to cater for the city’s rising population.

The PS, Dr. Chris Kiptoo, addressing senior officials of the Maseno University at the institutes conference hall.

The PS, Dr. Chris Kiptoo, addressing senior officials of the Maseno University at the institutes conference hall.

The Kisumu County Executive for Environment Mr. Salmon Orimba confirmed that, his government would construct a sewerage treatment works to serve Maseno University and the township in an effort to reduce pollution of Kisat river that flows into Lake Victoria.

He lamented that, only a small percentage of Kisumu was served by functional sewerage facilities, adding that the local county government should collaborate with the National Government to improve the situation.

The PS further disclosed that the Government was in the process of accrediting National fish quality control laboratories in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu in a bid to create a niche in the regional and International market for the commodity.

Dr. Kiptoo, who was accompanied by the Commissioner of prisons Mr. Wycliffe Ogallo and Nyanza Regional Commissioner, Mr. James Kianda, underscored the country’s commitment to improve the solid waste management.

He said that all the country’s 47 counties had adopted the National Solid Waste Management Strategy that would change the level of cleanliness in the country once adopted.

The PS, with the multi-agency team, inspecting pollution hotspots in Kisumu.

The PS, with the multi-agency team, inspecting pollution hotspots in Kisumu.

The PS said it was the government’s responsibility to provide a sustainable and a well conserved environment to its citizens as guaranteed by the constitution.

Kisumu port, that is currently under rehabilitation, is set to attract massive regional business and Investment after the completion of Lake Victoria conservation activities initiated by the Government.

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