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Kenya: Kisumu County Government has launched an anti-litter monthly clean up initiative

Posted by African Press International on June 17, 2013

  • By MAURICE ALAL, API,Kenya

Kisumu County Government has launched an anti-litter monthly clean up initiative targeting a 75% reduction in litter in all the seven constituencies.

The clean up initiative dubbed “don’t trash Kisumu” aims to improve collection, public awareness and enforcement of environmental by laws.

According to Governor Jack Ranguma, the effort is not only for aesthetics but also to reduce trash flowing into the drainage system, thus decreasing repair costs.

He said every first Saturday of the month will be a clean up day, within the County and the inaugural exercise will be launched on the 6th July.

The program focuses on education and behavioral change and involves sustainable programs for business, educators and the community.

The County, Ranguma said will also impose heavy fines for illegal dumping, and told everyone to be responsible in managing their liter within the surrounding environment they live.

“We will review environmental by laws to help us enforce these anti-litter efforts and make our county one of the cleanest in East Africa,” said Ranguma.

“If people don’t see me and my deputy or the City Council picking up trash, they are going to think it’s not an issue. We must lead them,” the Governor said

Deputy Governor Ruth Odinga said they will work closely with line environmental organizations, Universities, Churches, business Community to undertake cleaning.

“We will get that graffiti cleaned up. If there’s one person that hates graffiti,” Odinga said, pausing for emphasis, then“it is me.”

The Program will involve an annual litter audits and measurement of collected litter as a way to evaluate the progress toward achieving the 75% reduction goal.

Ranguma and Odinga asked employees from various county departments, workers in private offices, and business elites to join in the effort to clean up Kisumu on the 6th July.

Yesterday, a meeting held at Odinga’s office chaired by the Executive member for Environment Ms Rhoda Ahono resolved to mobilize residents to join the don’t trash Kisumu Campaign.

The County Director of Environment John Sunday said they had an anti-litter strategy designed to raise awareness of litter. Ahono set up a clean up committee.

The clean up initiative Committee vowed to reduce litter through education, maintenance and enforcement and is collecting statistics to measure its progress.

The team includes, officers drawn from various County Departments and will be charged with the task of driving the campaigns.

Additionally, the County also will maintain contact with the business community, Universities, churches and with land owners to help keep the areas clean.

So far, more than 45 business communities and real estate owners have jumped onboard, and pledged to join the Don’t trash Kisumu initiative.

Sunday said the exercise will revitalize community pride and create litter awareness.

The program was developed to include individuals, businesses, organizations, schools and City departments among others.

County secretary Humphrey Nakitare said he will be in charge of monthly audits of the clean up exercise.

“We want to ensure that Kisumu County emerges as the role  model in cleanliness,’’ he said.

 

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