Boreholes for all schools Bill mooted

By Obegi Malack

All Primary Schools in Kajiado County will have a borehole if an environment bill drafted by environmentalists and former Member of County Assembly is passed.
The bill, drafted by former nominated MCA Mercy Gathu, seeks to compel the County Government to drill boreholes in all primary schools.
Nominated Member of County Assembly Washuka Mathenge said the bill will be brought to the assembly for debate, adding that she will support it and ensure environmental matters are taken seriously.
Washuka said the schools will be forced to use the boreholes to plant trees in the county in an effort to mitigate drought effects.
Speaking during the World Forest Day celebrated in Rongai, the nominated MCA called on residents to be in the forefront in ensuring the environment is protected.
During the celebrations, Ongata Rongai Environmental Ambassadors led by their chairman, Mr Jonathan Nzioka, Muungano Women Group chair Ruth Wakapa, Kenya Wildlife Service staff and local administrators managed to plant trees in four schools.
Nzioka said the group which was registered in January this year has so far planted more than 175 trees in Kajiado North Sub County.
“We are calling on residents of Kajiado to make use of the current rainy season by planting trees in their compounds. If we do not plant trees we will suffer in the future due to climate change,” he observed.
Wakapa said they are looking to work with like-minded people in planting trees and doing cleanups in the county. She said the drought witnessed in the county is due to cutting down of trees and she commended the County Government for banning of cutting down of trees for charcoal burning.
Most schools such as Ole Kasasi Primary and Ole Kasasi Technical where tree planting took place have had to fend off land grabbers and planting trees is one way safeguarding their land.

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