Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM), Narok County Government and the EAC Lake Victoria Basin Commission have today conducted a clean-up exercise in Kilgoris town as one of the buildup activities to this year’s Mara Day celebration.
The celebrations themed “Upstream-Downstream; Mara Connects us all” aim to highlight the importance of holistic management of the basin.
Speaking at the clean-up event, the EAC Lake Victoria Basin Commission Deputy Executive Secretary (Projects and Programs), Mr Telly Eugene Muramira noted that the clean-up is part of the Mara Day Celebrations geared towards creating awareness on sustainable waste management in the Lake Victoria Basin.
“Mara ecosystem is one of the critical ecosystems in the Lake Victoria Basin, supporting sustainable socio-economic development and biodiversity conservation. The collaboration between the public and private entities in today’s clean-up initiative is a commendable practice in the management of shared resources for industrial and socio-economic growth in this region,”added Mr Muramira.
Also present at the event, Narok County CEC for Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Mr Job Kiyapi noted that the county government, in conjunction with the national government is committed to maintaining a clean and healthy environment for the well-being of both the current and future generations.
“This clean-up is part of the County’s initiative to reduce the amount of waste in the town resulting in a better, healthier environment that will promote the well-being of residents and a waste management culture in the present and future generations,” added Mr Kiyapi.
The waste management awareness initiative and clean-up exercise are in line with the industry’s commitment to manage solid waste in the country as a global best-practice.
KAM South Rift Chapter Chair, Mr Jayen Dodhia noted that “It is critical for government institutions, the private sector and members of the public work together for effective and sustainable management of waste to promote the adoption of a circular economy.
This initiative hence seeks to create awareness for proper waste disposal right from the home to waste collection, transportation, segregation and recycling – thereby stimulating a thriving and valuable industry for the country.”
KAM has also partnered with National Transport and Safety Authority, Kenya Association of Waste Recyclers and Dandora Hiphop City to promote effective management of PET bottles.
The Mara Day is marked on the 15th of September of every year and rotates between the two Partner States of Kenya and Tanzania. Narok County is the host of this year’s auspicious event.