Cooperatives Cabinet Secretary leads tree planting in Murang’a

Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Co-operatives & Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Simon Chelugui plants a tree Kangari in Kigumo, Murang'a County on Friday May 10. Photo:courtesy

Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Co-operatives & Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Simon Chelugui on Friday, May 10, spearheaded tree planting at Kangari in Kigumo, Murang’a County in line with President Williams Ruto’s directive to mitigate against climate change.

Chelugui was welcomed by the area administrators.

“In line with President @WilliamsRuto’s directive setting aside May 10 for national tree planting/growing to mitigate against climate change, today I launched tree planting in Kangari in Kigumo, Murang’a County,” CS posted in his X handle.

The Head of State was in Murang’a County where he led a national tree planting drive at Kiambicho Forest on Karua Hill A, to show solidarity with those who were affected by by floods.

He said that the country plans to plant 15 billion trees by 2032.

President Ruto, First Lady Rachel Ruto, leaders and residents planted 20,000 trees at Kiambicho Forest Station.

In attendance was Environment Cabinet Secretary Soipan Tuya who said the president has directed her to lead a national drive of buying off fruit trees from residents for future exercises.


Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Co-operatives & Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Simon Chelugui plants a tree Kangari in Kigumo, Murang’a County on Friday May 10.

“I will plan this drive with your elevated leaders so that we can help the President achieve his promise of achieving 30 per cent of green cover by planting 15.9 billion trees (10.6 million hectares) in 10 years for climate change resilience, mitigation and improved livelihoods,” she said.

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Other leaders present were Senator Joe Nyutu (Murang’a), Betty Njeri (Murang’a Women Rep), MPs Chege Njuguna (Kandara), Mary Wamaua (Maragua), Veronica Maina (nominated), Joseph Munyoro (Kigumo) among others.

In Marsabit, Interior Cabinet Secretary, Kithure Kindiki, appealed to the public to embrace tree planting across the country.

“We must reclaim our environment by growing enough trees for ecological sustainability. All persons living in Government forests must vacate immediately, including those who have acquired title deeds irregularly and unlawfully. All persons residing next to riparian reserves and corridors must vacate and those who decline will be forcefully evicted,” CS Kindiki said.

In West Pokot County, Health CS Susan Nakhumicha led the public in planting 15,000 seedlings. CS for Mining, Salim Mvurya, led in the planting of 56,000 trees in Lamu County. Uasin Gishu’s Governor Dr Jonathan Bii, alongside other leaders, planted over 200,000 trees in Ceng’alo forest.

Education CS Ezekiel Machogu led the tree planting exercise in Trans Nzoia County, where he also warned school heads against overcharging school fees.

The Kenya Defence Forces also joined in the exercise with the Defence Principal Secretary, Patrick Mariru, leading in the planting of 10,000 trees at Gambela by Defence Forces officials.

Meru Senator, Kathuri Murungi, and other government officials planted more than 20,000 trees at Imenti Forest.

The President said that the tree planting exercise will continue for the next six months. He added that the Cabinet Secretaries will lead the public in planting trees.

“Planting of trees will continue each day beginning next Monday with each ministry participating so that we have a collective effort in conserving and restoring the environment,” Ruto said.

Prime Cabinet Secretary, Musalia Mudavadi, will lead the tree planting exercise, tomorrow.

By Frank Mugwe

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