Environment and Forestry CS Keriako Tobiko
challenged Kenyans to take individual
responsibility to safeguard the environment,
and ensure proper management and disposal of
“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
Kenya is marking this year’s Clean Up the World
Day under the theme “Tusafishe Mazingira Yetu
Tuepuke Korona” -Clean Our Environment, Avoid
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,”
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
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.