Students from Machakos University have taken the lead in a tree planting initiative along the banks of Maruba Dam, planting over 8, 000 tree seedlings with an additional 2,000 seedlings donated to the community for home planting.
Members of the Association of Tourism at Machakos University (Atamu) and the Rovers Crew actively engaged in both tree planting and garbage collection around the dam, a vital water source for Machakos Town and its surroundings.
Mary Kyengo, a Rovers Crew member, emphasized their commitment to community service, including environmental stewardship and support for children’s homes.
Shadrack Munywoki, representing the Atamu club, expressed satisfaction with the success of the national tree planting exercise.
Professor James Muola, representing the Vice Chancellor, highlighted the university’s collaboration with the County Government of Machakos in organizing the event, underscoring its timely contribution to environmental restoration around the dam.
Machakos Chief of Staff Lawrence Ngovi, alongside Water and Environment County Executive Member Catherine Mutanu and Chief Officer Andrew Muema, represented the County Government at the event.
Mutanu emphasized the importance of the increased tree cover in preventing dam depletion during dry seasons.
Plans to fence off the dam were discussed, with a plea for residents to nurture the tree seedlings to maturity.
By Stephen Muthini
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