President Kenyatta Launches Ambitious 1.8 Billion Tree Planting Campaign

His Excellency Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya and Commander in Chief of the Defence Forces makes his address.

His Excellency Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya and Commander in Chief of the Defence Forces makes his address during the National Tree planting day at Moi Forces Academy, Eastleigh on 12 May 2018.

His Excellency Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya and Commander in Chief of the Defence Forces presided over the National Tree planting day and launched the government’s 1.8 billion tree planting campaign at the Moi Forces Academy, Eastleigh Nairobi on Saturday, 12 May 2018.

Speaking at the event, President Kenyatta highlighted that forests and environment were in close relation to climatic patterns, mentioning that the changing weather being witnessed in the country had been a result of neglect of the environment, and it was upon all Kenyans irrespective of status, to heed the call and plant trees countrywide. “Environment is the foundation of development, and it can no longer continue being taken for granted. I challenge all of us to step up and ensure that by 2022 the nation achieves and even surpasses the 10 per cent forest cover. The current 7 per cent is still too low for a country like Kenya which has witnessed great growth in economy and even population”, he said.

The President indicated that climate change knowledge was paramount to all Kenyans and challenged the Ministries of Environment and Education to set up a curriculum in which all pupils and students would be sensitized on environmental awareness, to ensure future generations would not suffer the impacts of climate change being witnessed today. He ordered that the national government, arms of government and county governments to ensure that they work together, in ensuring that the dream of 1.8 billion trees is achieved by its targeted time. He promised to establish a Presidential Environmental award, which would be used to recognize individuals and institutions which will make remarkable achievement in environmental protection.

The President, accompanied by First Lady Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta led other dignitaries and Kenyans in a clean-up exercise along Juja Road/Outering road round about, and then later planted a tree at Moi Forces Academy. He indicated that the clean-up of the city of Nairobi which he had re-launched would take centre stage in the next five years, to ensure that the glory of the “City in the sun” would return.

Deputy President William Ruto noted that the upcoming trees would make a big significance in creating an ecosystem that would mitigate the dangers of climate change, sentiments that were echoed by Environment Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko, who praised the Kenyan public for the positive response they had displayed on the call to plant trees.

Others present included Cabinet Secretary for Defence Ambassador Raychelle Omamo, Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe, Defence Principal Secretary Saitoti Torome, Vice Chief of Defence Forces Lieutenant General Joseph Kasaon, Kenya Army Commander Lieutenant General Robert Kibochi, Kenya Air Force Commander Major General Samuel Thuita, Kenya Navy Commander Major General Levi Mghalu, Chief Conservatoire of Forests at Kenya Forest Service Monica Kalenda, Deputy Kenya Air Force Commander Brigadier Francis Ogola Base Commander Moi Air Base Brigadier Mohamed Badi, Senior Military Officers, Officers, officials from the Kenya Forest Service, Kenya Defence Forces Service Personnel, students and pupils from several schools from Nairobi county among other members of the public.

Cabinet Secretary for Defence Ambassador Raychelle Omamo receives His Excellency Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya and Commander in Chief of the Defence Forces during the National Tree Planting Day at Moi Forces Academy, Eastleigh on 12 May 2018.Cabinet Secretary for Defence Ambassador Raychelle Omamo receives His Excellency Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya and Commander in Chief of the Defence Forces during the National Tree Planting Day at Moi Forces Academy, Eastleigh on 12 May 2018.
His Excellency Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the republic of Kenya and Commander in Chief of the Defence Forces, Her Excellency the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto, Cabinet Secretary for Defence Ambassador Raychelle Omamo, Nairobi County Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko, Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe and Services Commanders proceed to the tree planting area at Moi Forces Academy.His Excellency Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya and Commander in Chief of the Defence Forces, Her Excellency the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto, Cabinet Secretary for Defence Ambassador Raychelle Omamo, Nairobi County Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko, Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe and Services Commanders proceed to the tree planting area at Moi Forces Academy.
Members of the Kenya Forest Service explain their display to His Excellency Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya and Commander in Chief of the Defence Forces, after he visited their exhibition stand.Members of the Kenya Forest Service explain their display to His Excellency Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya and Commander in Chief of the Defence Forces, after he visited their exhibition stand.
Moi Force Academy Students explain their exhibition to the Cabinet Secretary for Defence Amb. Raychelle Omamo.Moi Force Academy Students explain their exhibition to the Cabinet Secretary for Defence Amb. Raychelle Omamo.
Cabinet Secretary for Defence Amb Raychelle Omamo plants a tree during the National Tree planting day at Moi Forces Academy, Eastleigh on 12 May 2018.Cabinet Secretary for Defence Amb Raychelle Omamo plants a tree during the National Tree planting day at Moi Forces Academy, Eastleigh on 12 May 2018.
Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe waters a tree which he plantedChief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe waters a tree which he planted.