Society / Environment
Tuesday, 27 Jun 2017 10:54 EATbmulu@kenyafreepress.com
Kitui County Environment, Energy and Minerals Investment Development Minister George Mutuku Mulatya has called upon the local people to be champions of environmental conservation. He told them that his ministry is ready to provide them with tree seedlings for planting for the good of the environment there.
“We will educate you on how to plant trees and on how to prepare nurseries for tree seedlings,” the minister said, adding that environmental conservation is a collective responsibility, said that it is the responsibility of everyone to conserve the environment to protect desertification, severe drought and other environmental degradation-related effects.
He was speaking to hundreds of people including school children during this year’s (45th) World Environment Day celebrations organised by his ministry at the Katothya shopping centre in Mwakini Sub-Location, Kanyonyoo Location of Lower Yatta District, Kitui County where he was the chief guest representing the governor, Dr Julius Makau Malombe.
The theme of this year’s event was “Connecting people to nature” and the accompanying slogan was “I am with nature.” In Kenya the venue for the national event was Egerton University in Nakuru County while Canada in North America was the venue for the global event.
The minister led the attendants in planting commemorative trees at the Mwakini Mixed Secondary School. “Let us make friendship with the environment and it will take care of us,” Mr Mulatya said. He was accompanied by officials from his office.
The planting of commemorative trees at the Mwakini Mixed Secondary School.
The minister said that we do not just plant trees but we grow trees. He said that the Kitui County government is coordinating the mining of coal, iron ore and gypsum among many other types of minerals in the county for the benefit of the local people.
Mr Mulatya also warned that the county government is not going to tolerate the vandalizng of the county government’s development projects including the streetlights. “We shall deal with the culprits mercilessly,” he warned as he asked those who with information to report to the authorities.
The minister said that they will continue doing the projects that can protect the county's environment, adding that the Kitui County government through a Japanese donor is constructing a power generating plant in Kanyonyoo Location that will generate electricity. The plant, he said will be generating a total of 40 megawatts of electricity while Kitui County's electricity needs is about 4 megawatts. "That is one of the major projects in our county by Governor Julius Makau Malombe," Mr Mulatya said.
In his speech, the Kitui County Tourism Assistant Director, Hezron Musau Mulatya, announced that the County Tourism and Natural Resources Ministry is establishing a conservancy at the Kitui B2 Yatta Ranching Cooperative Society Limited because the site is endowed with many hundreds of giraffes, buffaloes and hyenas among other wild animals.
“The population of those animals has been revealed by a survey, and we are happy with that as a county because that is a tourist attraction,” the officer said. Mr Mulatya was representing the ministry’s Chief Officer Mr Khalid A.Mahmoud.
Mr Bernard K.Kigwa, an official from the Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI) Kitui Regional Research Centre, said his office was dealing with research on trees and forests, adding that the indigenous trees are very important for the environment.
Boniface is a contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Kitui County