June 24th 2017

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Machakos Senate hopeful calls for environmental protection

Saying that most water catchments had been destroyed, Mr Kioko blamed deforestation which he said was the main cause of drying rivers. "I am appealing to the residents of Machakos to protect our environment by planting trees to restore water catchments," said Mr Kioko.

By Oscar NdundaThursday, 13 Apr 2017 14:22 EAT

Mr Kioko at his tree nursery. (Photo: Oscar Ndunda/Kenya Free Press).

Machakos Senate hopeful Carlos Kioko has called on residents of Machakos to advocate for environmental protection saying that the current change in weather patterns is due to poor management of the environment. Mr Kioko told the Kenya Free Press that he had launched a programme to help people to plant trees during this rainy period so as to reclaim water catchment areas.

Saying that most water catchments had been destroyed, Mr Kioko blamed deforestation which he said was the main cause of drying rivers. "I am appealing to the residents of Machakos to protect our environment by planting trees to restore water catchments," said Mr Kioko.

Mr Kioko, who is the founder of Beryll Foundation which advocates for climate change adaptation and social justice, promised to introduce a policy on deforestation 100 days after being elected. He added that once in office he will ensure he reclaims and replants all gazetted forest areas within Machakos county.

The aspirant is vying for the seat on a Maendeleo Chap Chap ticket. He promises with with the governor in office to bring development to Machakos.

The writer is the news editor of the Kenya Free Press





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