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Boost As Gov’t Attains 70pc National Water Coverage

There are about 64 projects are ready for commissioning and will benefit about 2.7 million people who will have for the first-time access to safe clean drinking water.

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The government has increased the national water coverage from 53.3 per cent in 2013 to 70 per cent in 2022 which has enabled 34.8 million people to have access to safe and clean drinking water.

Water, Sanitation and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary (CS) Sicily Kariuki said that additionally, the sewerage coverage has gone up from 22 per cent in 2013 to presently 29 per cent in urban areas.

Speaking at Maji House while giving a report on the status of the Rapid Response Initiative (RRI) of the projects across the country, Kariuki said that the Ministry is on course to ensure that the water coverage moves to 80 per cent and sanitation of sewerage coverage to 40 per cent by the end of 2022.

The CS also pointed out that there was an increase of areas under irrigation from 350,000 acres to presently 650,000 acres.

“To date we have a portfolio of 685 projects cutting across water, sanitation and irrigation that is being implemented at various stages of execution,” she said.

Furthermore, she cited that since the introduction of the RRI, several projects have been completed while those still pending have been put on fast track saying that some of the finished projects include the Naivasha Industrial Park, Mavoko water supply, Homa Bay cluster water project among others.

The CS revealed that the RRI which is a result-based process enabled fast tracking of implementation of the Ministry’s priority programmes and also led to increased efficiency and faster project completion rate as well as realisation of the value for money of the current investment.

She highlighted that new project have been processed and will contribute to the progressive realisation of human rights to water and sanitation.

“Today I have launched the fifth wave of RRI project which aims to increase the area under irrigation by an additional 8,257 acres,” she said.

Moreover, the CS announced that 64 projects are ready for commissioning and will benefit about 2.7 million people who will have for the first-time access to safe clean drinking water.

By Mary Wangari and Fardosa Bonaya

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Senator Ledama Ole Kina Apologises Over Hate Speech To Kipsigis Community in Narok County

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Narok County Senator Ledama Ole Kina has regretted the tribal utterances he made when Mau Forest encroachers were being removed.

“During the struggle to conserve Mau Forest I made comments relating to the Kipsigis community which were interpreted as hateful, disrespectful and Unprofessional,” he said.

The Senator said, “I regret making such comments and apologies to the community and seek their forgiveness.”

Ole Kina is seeking to be re-elected as Senator of Narok County on an ODM ticket. His main challenger is outgoing governor Samuel Tunai Kuntai on UDA party ticket , who enjoys the Kipsigis Support.

One of the Member of parliament from Kipsigis in the County is Emurua Dikirr Constituency Johana Ng’eno who has since joined UDA party.

Also, Ang’ata Barkoi ward bodering Kuria East Constituency is inhabited by the Kipsigis

Senator Ledama has apologised in a bid not to lose the voters of Emurua Dikirr, Narok South constituencies as well as Ang’ata Barkoi ward which boder Kuria East Constituency, areas inhabited and dominated by the Kipsigis community

 

 

 

 

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Wamesa in partnership with Kenya Coast Guard Service and Kenya Wildlife Service Volunteer to Clean Coastal Ocean in Kilifi County.

The exercise is part of Womesa Kenya-GloLitter Partnerships (GLP), a project funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and led by the International Maritime Organisation in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organisation, and Ocean Conservancy.

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Women volunteer drawn from the Association of Women Managers in the Maritime Sector in Eastern and Southern Africa (Womesa), Kenya Coast Guard Service (KCGS) and Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) have joined hands in cleaning trash in coastal beaches of plastic pollution.

 

The exercise is part of Womesa Kenya-GloLitter Partnerships (GLP), a project funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and led by the International Maritime Organisation in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organisation, and Ocean Conservancy.

 

Speaking during the cleanup exercise at Copa Cabana beach in Mtwapa Township of Kilifi County, Womesa Secretary Winnie Maina said their aim is to prevent pollution through sensitisation of locals on conservation through beach clean-ups.

 

“The project deals with the issue of marine conversation and today we are doing a beach clean up in Mtwapa, Kuruetu and Kanamai landing site and in today’s mission we’re 250 participant in attendance and our aim is to ensure our oceans are clean and free so that the normal process of the ocean can continue to take place and fish can continue to grow in an environment that is natural and we’re able to sustain our environment,” said Ms. Kimani.

Womesa secretary said the plastic menace has continued to be rampant on beaches all over the world and Kenyan beaches are not an exception.

 

Womesa Secretary Winnie Maina (pictured) said their aim is to prevent pollution through sensitisation of locals on conservation through beach clean-ups.

“We choose Mtwapa because it’s an area that is known for plastic pollution and coastal pollutants town that is rapid with pollution issues that why we thought it good to come and sensantise with the people to come and participate to this noble activity,”she added.

 

She also said there is an urgent need to explore new and existing legally binding agreements to address marine plastic pollution.

 

According to the United Nations, at least 800 species worldwide are affected by marine debris, and as much as 80 per cent of that litter are plastic.

 

Lynette Kiteresi Mbai from the Kenya Marine Fisheries Research Institute (Kemfri) said since most plastic debris found in the ocean originates from land, it is important to curb illegal dumping on land and serious law should be ammended to protect the ocean.

 

Meanwhile, Salim Makomba, Mombasa Marine Park Deputy Warden says they have launched campaign awareness to the communities living along the coastal line and visitors frequenting the beaches on the importance of disposing plastic waste appropriately.

 

He said they have community scouts who collect plastics along the beaches and they have created designated plastic disposal bins in the beaches.

 

“Plastic papers are killing sea turtles who end up eating the plastic because they look like jellyfish and they can’t differentiate between the plastic and fish algae, or other species that make up a large component of the sea turtles’ diets,” said Makomba.

 

Women volunteer drawn from the Association of Women Managers in the Maritime Sector in Eastern and Southern Africa (Womesa), Kenya Coast Guard Service (KCGS) and Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) have joined hands in  cleaning trash in coastal beaches of plastic pollution.

 

The exercise is part of Womesa Kenya-GloLitter Partnerships (GLP), a project funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and led by the International Maritime Organisation in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organisation, and Ocean Conservancy.

 

Speaking during the cleanup exercise at Copa Cabana beach in Mtwapa Township of Kilifi County, Womesa Secretary Winnie Maina said their aim is to prevent pollution through sensitisation of locals on conservation through beach clean-ups.

 

“The project deals with the issue of marine conversation and today we are doing a beach clean up in Mtwapa, Kuruetu and Kanamai landing site and in today’s mission we’re 250 participant in attendance and our aim is to ensure our oceans are clean and free so that the normal process of the ocean can continue to take place and fish can continue to grow in an environment that is natural and we’re able to sustain our environment,” said Ms. Kimani.

 

Womesa secretary said the plastic menace has continued to be rampant on beaches all over the world and Kenyan beaches are not an exception.

 

“We choose Mtwapa because it’s an area that is known for plastic pollution and coastal pollutants town that is rapid with pollution issues that why we thought it good to come and sensantise with the people to come and participate to this noble activity,”she added.

 

She also said there is an urgent need to explore new and existing legally binding agreements to address marine plastic pollution.

 

According to the United Nations, at least 800 species worldwide are affected by marine debris, and as much as 80 per cent of that litter are plastic.

 

Lynette Kiteresi Mbai from the Kenya Marine Fisheries Research Institute (Kemfri) said since most plastic debris found in the ocean originates from land, it is important to curb illegal dumping on land and serious law should be ammended to protect the ocean.

 

Meanwhile, Salim Makomba, Mombasa Marine Park Deputy Warden says they have launched campaign awareness to the communities living along the coastal line and visitors frequenting the beaches on the importance of disposing plastic waste appropriately.

 

He said they have community scouts who collect plastics along the beaches and they have created designated plastic disposal bins in the beaches.

 

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Gov’t Intensifies Vigilance Against Vandalism, Scrap Metal

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The Government has increased security vigilance at the Coastal Region to address the challenges of vandalism on critical infrastructure installations.

Coast Regional Commissioner (RC) John Elungata said security agencies have stepped up patrols to reduce incidents of vandalism of public infrastructure.

He said the vandals target Kenya power infrastructure, rail network, oil and water pipelines and roads infrastructure which are all an ‘act of economic sabotage’.

Speaking while on a visit to Taita Taveta County, Elungata said enhanced police patrols and community involvement in the fight against vandalism and scrap metal business have significantly reduced the incidents of vandalism.

Elungata who is the Chairman of the Regional Security and Intelligence Committee visited a huge landfill disposal site, where a contractor is preparing to bury asbestos waste in Voi Sub-county of Taita Taveta.

He said there were concerns that the landfill for the disposal of asbestos roofing material is being built near the Mombasa-Nairobi petroleum products pipeline.

The inhalation of asbestos fibres can cause lung diseases such as asbestosis and lung cancer.

He said the Government is serious about charging treasonous persons found culpable of vandalizing critical development infrastructure.

The Regional Commissioner appealed to the general public to report those vandalizing public utilities in their midst, adding that the government will not relent on the war against vandalism and scrap metal business.

The Senior Administrator said the security personnel will sustain their operations and heighten surveillance on public property network installations.

“Vandalism of road infrastructure, power utility, rail network, and oil and water pipelines among other critical public properties is indeed an economic sabotage and should not be allowed to wipe out the socio-economic gains already made in Kenya,” he said.

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