On behalf of the Governor of Kisumu County Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o, the Deputy Governor Dr. Mathew Owili Wednesday presided over and participated in a tree planting exercise at the Kachok dumpsite and later a Cleanup exercise at Kibuye Market.
The two events building up to the upcoming World Environment Day on 5th June were organized by the County Government of Kisumu in conjunction with the United Nations Environment Management Programme (UNEP), Rotary Clubs of Kenya among other Humanitarian and Development Agencies.
World Environment Day is an important day encouraging worldwide awareness action for the protection of our environment.
The tree planting exercise was a clear testimony that a green environment was within reach and also a sign of commitment of the County Government to deliver on its core promise to remove and decommission the Kachok Dumpsite.
While addressing the press and members of the public, Dr. Owili was glad that he was planting trees on what was then a mountain of gabbage, a clear testimony that with good leadership, there is nothing impossible.
He urged the people of Kisumu to join hands and support them in the initiative to increase the forest cover mentioning Kisumu as one of the counties with the lowest forest cover. He also promised the UN Environment team that they will not tire in realizing the dream.
“As a county government, we are on it. We are not relenting and will deliver our promise, let us partner and work together”, he said.
The UN Environment Kenya Country Programme Coordinator Dr. Cyrille-Lazare Siewe was proud of the shift the County has taken and congratulated the county’s top leadership for the good job and keeping the promise to the people of Kisumu.
“Change of leadership sometimes is good, it brings fresh air”, he said.
Dr. Siewe challenged the entire team to write the story of Kisumu together and tell it out to the world adding that the rehabilitation of the dumpsite gives an opportunity to sell Kisumu as a real clean city. He added that this will not only be a laboratory for other counties to get inspired but will also give ideas to other African and World economies to learn that it can be done.
The CEC Member in charge of Environment and Natural resources, Mr. Salmon Orimba said that this was just the beginning to make Kisumu green adding that the county has lined up several activities that will help in increasing the forest cover including the planting of 2000 trees per ward, inclusion of schools in tree planting exercises and acquisition of nurseries that will aid in planting 500,000 trees.