Monday, 20 November 2023
Kitui County Minister for Energy, Environment, Climate Change, Forestry, Natural and Mineral Resources, Richard John Mwendandu, today led the distribution of tree seedlings in Kitui South and Kitui Rural Sub-Counties.
CECM Mwendandu said the initiative was part of the county’s efforts to mitigate climate change effects in Kitui through restoration of the ecosystem besides fostering a greener and healthier living environment for all residents.
The drive kicked off at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Ikanga where CEC Mwendandu planted a ceremonial tree, emphasizing the county government’s dedication to champion environmental conservation.
“I am thrilled to spearhead this initiative which aligns with our commitment to create a sustainable and resilient environment for current and future generations,” he stated.
“Planting trees is not just a symbolic act. It is a tangible investment in the wellbeing of our communities and the planet as a whole. By distributing these tree seedlings, we are empowering each resident to be a steward of our environment,” added the County Minister.
A total of 870 indigenous tree varieties suitable for Kitui’s ecosystems such as Croton (muthulu), acacia (munina), moringa olifera and senna siamea (mukengeka), were distributed to local schools and churches.
ACK Chief Makau Secondary School (Ikanga), St Pauls’ Catholic Church-Ikanga, Ikanga Mixed Day and Boarding Primary/ Visually Impared Unit, and Mosa Church of Christ in Mbitini were some of the beneficiary institutions of this ambitious program.
CECM Mwendandu further called on the residents across the county to not only plant trees but also ensure that they nurture them into mature trees.