Kisii County Government is set to plant over 100,000 trees to commemorate the newly gazetted National Holiday, focusing on environmental conservation and addressing climate change.
Reportedly, the tree planting ceremony, presided over by CS for Digital Information and Technology Eliud Owalo, will take place at Nsaria Hill in Gucha South County, covering Nsaria Hill, Masimba, and Nyangweta.
The initiative, announced by Kisii County Commissioner Tom Anjere, aims to involve the entire community, including students at home and those currently sitting for their KCSE examinations.
“Parents are encouraged to send their children to participate in tree planting, while those taking exams can contribute on Sunday to mark the occasion,” Anjere stated.
The Commissioner clarified the earlier circular that invited school principals to attend the exercise, acknowledging the oversight as they are currently overseeing examinations in their respective centres.
“We have sought clarification from the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) and Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu,” he noted.
The Commissioner emphasized the importance of increasing forest cover as a crucial step in environmental conservation and combating climate change for the well-being of current and future generations.
In response to concerns from the people of South Mugirango regarding the fate of the long-awaited Kisii University Nyangweta Campus, the Commissioner urged calm and advised against politicizing the exercise.
“Nyangweta forest, covering 86 acres of government land, has been earmarked for a sugar factory and university construction, sparking controversies among local leaders and policymakers,” he stated.
The Commissioner further assured that these concerns would be addressed after the tree planting exercise.
By Enock Okong’o
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