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KEFRI Central region Director Dr. Eston Mutitu has rolled out the Presidential ‘Cleaning Up Kenya Campaign’ at Muguga, meant to enhance environmental restoration, conservation and management in the region.
Dr. Mutitu (picured) led KEFRI staff together with the sub county, ward administrators, business fraternity and local communities in carrying out the clean-up exercise along Nderi - Zambezi Road.
“This is a national campaign which commenced on September 1st , 2020 following President Uhuru Kenyatta pronunciation during the opening of the rehabilitated Michuki Memorial Park in Nairobi, Kenya on August 14th, 2020,” said Dr. Mutitu.
The Campaign which is fronted by cadres of the National Government Administration Officers (NGAOs) and incorporate local communities, state agencies and relevant stakeholders is to complement the efforts being made within the Kazi Mtaani Programme - towards the improvement of environmental and sanitation conditions at the grassroots level.
According to the Regional Director, KEFRI will not only carry out the clean-up exercise every month but will also involve restoration of forests and recreational facilities.
“As part of our corporate social responsibility, we shall plant trees along the Zambezi – KARI road, adopt three roundabouts - Thogoto, Gitaru and Kiamba for beautification and regeneration of the environment,” said Dr. Mutitu.
KEFRI Coast Eco-Region Research Programme also conducted the clean-up exercise along Mombasa Malindi highway from the institute’s gate to Watamu Junction on Saturday October 2020.The Regional Director Dr. Linus Wekesa officially rolled out the event at and called upon the staff, communities and partnering institution to prioritize cleanliness as prerequisite to a healthy environment.
“Let’s ensure our environment is clean. Cleanliness starts from an individual level to our home working areas and other environments. We should ensure our environment is clean all the time our home, work places, and everywhere we are,” said. Dr. Wekesa.
Malindi Assistant County Commissioner Mr John Kipsiwa who was the chief guest asked the institutions to strengthen relationship with neighbouring communities noting such institutions will better off achieve its goal when the community is involved
In attendance was Mida creek sub Chief Renson Baya, KEFRI Deputy Regional Director Dr. Stanely Nadir and all the regional staff.
The monthly clean-up exercise will be held on the last Saturday of every month. Mr Kipsiwa.