KENYANS URGED TO TAKE INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY IN SAFEGUARDING THE ENVIRONMENT

Kenyan Environment Cabinet Secretary Hon. Keriako Tobiko (left) together with Members Disciplined Officers of Kenya Defence Force plant trees. PHOTO /CORRESPONDENT

KENYANS URGED TO TAKE INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY IN SAFEGUARDING THE ENVIRONMENT

By Correspondent

Environment and Forestry CS Keriako Tobiko

challenged 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 today 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.

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.

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