Spouse to the Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi, Her Excellency Mrs. Tessie Mudavadi, has today called on environmentalists to upscale their drive on environmental conservation.
Speaking at Kibabii University during the World Environment Day celebrations that were held courtesy of the NCBA Bank, Mrs. Musalia lauded the ban on plastic bags in 2017 and called upon all stakeholders to demonstrate goodwill by playing individual to ensure the gains made are sustained.
“It is a critical moment for us to come together and bring about change. The theme for this year’s World Environment Day “Solutions to plastic pollution” focuses on the urgent mission of tackling plastic pollution through a powerful campaign #BeatPlasticPollution. It is time to beat plastic pollution,” she said.
Bungoma County Governor H.E. Kenneth Lusaka on his part, pronounced that as a County, Bungoma was nearing the national mark in combating the misuse and poor disposal of plastic waste.
“The ban of plastics in Bungoma is over 85% successful. This is against the 95% success already achieved in the country,” he said, stating that the success is significant despite the County being located along the route to neighbouring countries that have not implemented the ban.
The NCBA Bank’s Group Director for Finance & Strategy Mr. David Abwoga who was representing the Bank’s Managing Director thanked Kibabii University for believing in their course and for dedicating an NCBA Corner that will commemorate their efforts.
Prof. Donald Namasaka Siamba, who represented the Vice Chancellor illuminated on the efforts put forward by Kibabii University in conserving the environment.
In the past 3 years, over 10,000 trees have been planted both within and outside the University. This has been achieved through incubation of indigenous seedlings that have been donated to various movements championing for a health environment in the community.
Furthermore, the University through an initiative of Prof. Siamba has embarked on fabrication of furniture from reclaimed waste plastics and broken glasses. The furniture has become a sensation within the University with calls to expand the enterprise to external entities.
The event was also attended by the First Lady, Bungoma County Her Excellency Dr Margaret Makelo, the County Director for Environment (NEMA) Mr. Vincent Mayiva among others.