Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Part of the restoration activities for Nairobi River clean up will be planting trees .

Part of the restoration activities for Nairobi River clean up will be planting trees .

Environment and Forestry CS Keriako Tobiko has challenges Kenyans to take individual responsibility to safeguard the environment, and ensure proper management and disposal of waste.

“Stop asking the government what its doing to keep the environment clean, the  government is not the one polluting the environment, its you and me who generates waste,” said Tobiko.
The CS was speaking at Nairobi City Park when he led the country to mark World Clean up Day, he said government alone cannot clean the environment without collaboration and partnership.
Kenya is marking this year’s Clean Up the World Day under the theme “Tusafishe Mazingira Yetu Tuepuke Korona” -Clean Our Environment, Avoid Corona”
The CS also took the opportunity to urge Kenyans to change their attitude towards handling and disposal waste, by ensuring proper waste disposal.
He regretted that local manufacturers were expanding their production and reaping profits at the expense of the environment and said that if they dint stop the government will be forced to take drastic punitive measures.
Tobiko said science has proven that the spread of zonotic diseases such as corona virus are as as a result of degraded environment.
“It is cheaper to prevent diseases by protecting the environment. Prevention is better than cure,” he added.
The CS noted that  President Uhuru Kenyatta had directed that the clean up exercise of Nairobi river to be up scaled and polluters to be prosecuted. He directed NEMA to apprehend those discharging effluent to urban rivers.
NEMA has undertaken enforcement and inspections along Nairobi River to stop illegal discharges and clearing of solid waste along the Riparian areas of Nairobi River in conjunction with
He said the clean up will extend to more urban rivers like Sabaki and Lake Victoria.
The CS further said that NEMA will continue support and  engage the 200 youths  to  continue to cleanup Nairobi River basin.
On his part , Enviroment PS Dr Chris Kiptoo said the ministry will work with its agencies  to implement policies and regulations.
Kiptoo said with clean up and enforcement, Kenya will be great again.
NEMA Director General Mamo Mamo said the attitude by citizens remain a big challenge, and Kenyan will be forced to comply through enforcement.
NEMA  Board Chair John Konchellah said NEMA has undertaken enforcement and inspections along Nairobi River to stop illegal discharges and clearing of solid waste along the Riparian areas of Nairobi River in conjunction with Nairobi Metropolitan Services.
The annual WCD  is an annual event celebrated every third Saturday of September and is aimed at combating global solid waste problem including marine debris.
Environment CS Keriako Tobiko, Principal Secretary Dr. Chris Kiptoo , NEMA DG Mamo B Mamo join other Kenyans to clean Kibarage river in Nairobi City Park , to mark the World Clean up Day.

Environment CS Keriako Tobiko, Principal Secretary Dr. Chris Kiptoo , NEMA DG Mamo B Mamo join other Kenyans to clean Kibarage river in Nairobi City Park , to mark the World Clean up Day.

 

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