Wednesday, September 30, 2020
IMG-20200903-WA0024Environment CS Keriako Tobiko has dismissed politicians for engaging in premature campaigns saying the office of the president is not vacant.
“We are two years away from 2022, under the constitution only one office of the president is recognized and it’s not vacant,” said the CS.
The CS has called on politicians to instead redirect the efforts and energy to meaningful use and conservation efforts, which will benefit the country.
The CS was speaking n Kajiado, when he accompanied Interior and Coordination of National Government  CS Dr. Fred Matiang’i, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe , Kajiado Governor Joseph Ole Lenku and Rift Valley Regional Coordinator (RC) George Natembeya during a meeting with officers from the National Administration.
Tobiko commended Rift Valley RC Mr. Natembeya for his efforts in ensuring reclamation and restoration of encroached forests.
“I want to recognize Rift Valley RC , George Natembeya for being at the forefront in ensuring reclamation of Mau , Marmanet, and Kirisia forests , he is leading the reclamation exercise in Embobut, Mt. Elgon and Loita forests too, without him the exercise would have not been successful ,” said  CS Tobiko.
The CS said forested areas in Rift Valley region were the most affected and threatened  due to encroachment and cutting down of trees for charcoal and added that the government will not relent in reclamation and restoration of the forest land.
He commended Kajiado County Commisoner Joshua Nkanatha for ensuring that the ban on cutting down trees was enforced.
He said that most disputes that are being witnessed in the country are over resources which are direct related to the environment, and urged Kenyans to support conservation efforts to mitigate conflict.
The CS, Mr. Tobiko and CS, Mr. Matiang'i with other National and County officials during the leaders meeting

The CS, Mr. Tobiko and CS, Mr. Matiang’i with other National and County officials during the leaders meeting

The CS also called for strengthened collaboration with the National Government Administration Officers (NGAO), in implementation of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s directive to roll out monthly clean up exercises which will be undertaken in all sub-counties across the country starting this September.

He called on the NGAO members to ensure each chief establishes a seedling nursery in their areas , to supply seedlings to locals, in support of the national government agenda of achieving 10% forest cover.
On his part CS Dr. Matiang’i said the government was committed in implementation of projects for the benefit of the Kenyan people , and called for support for President Kenyatta’s development agenda.
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe commended Environment CS Tobiko for his concerted efforts conservation especially in reclamation and restoring of the country’s forests.
Kajiado Governor Joseph Ole Lenku said Kajiado county is strategic , with potential of being economic hub given its proximity to Nairobi.
Present also were Inspector General of Police Hillary, local  members of parliament; Kajiado Central MP Memusi Kanchory, Kajiado East Constituency Peris Tobiko ,Kajiado North MP Joseph Manje ,Kajiado West MP George Sunkuyia, Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai and Kajiado County Commisoner Joshua Nkanatha among other leaders.
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