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DEFENCE CABINET SECRETARY AMB. RAYCHELLE OMAMO LEADS DEFENCE OFFICIALS AND STUDENTS OF MOI FORCES ACADEMY - NAIROBI IN A TREE PLANTING EXERCISE.

Defence Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Raychelle Omamo led the Ministry of Defence (MOD) personnel, teachers, former and current students of Moi Forces Academy in a tree planting exercise at the school as part of MoD activities to mark Kenya at 50. The Cabinet Secretary who was accompanied by the Ministry's Principal Secretary Ambassador (Dr) Monica Juma planted a thousand trees at the school compound.

The planting of trees by the Ministry of Defence's fraternity is a project that began in 2003 dubbed "Environmental Soldier Program." The project was brought about by the need to save the environment which was rapidly deteriorating due to climate change and rampant deforestation. The program which has seen more than 5 million trees planted is also meant to enable the country attain the ten percent forest cover that will as well ensure "Total National Defence" of limited national environmental resources that will ensure peace.

The CS who was the Chief Guest appreciated the hosts for inviting her to grace such a wonderful occasion and said that she was delighted to have planted trees at a time when Kenya was celebrating its 50 years of self rule and the Memorial Service of the African greatest leader Nelson Mandela.

"This year alone, the program targets to plant 1.8m trees, slightly higher than what was targeted last year. This mission of tree planting has seen the Ministry receive several recognitions and awards including an award from the Green Belt Movement and from Total Kenya," Amb Omamo said. In attendance, were senior Ministry of Defence officials, the Principal of the School, Staff Officer in-charge of education Lieutenant Colonel Nelson Kiptoo Kemboi among others.



Class seven pupils Samuel Michaka (left) with Vixton Tongi (right) planting trees during a tree planting exercise to mark Kenya's 50th birthday held at Moi Forces Academy on 10 November 2013

Lieutenant Colonel Nelson Kiptoo Kemboi planting a tree during a tree planting exercise to mark Kenya's 50th birthday held at Moi Forces Academy on 10 November 2013.

Class seven pupils Ivy Watwitwa (left) with Mitchelle Mutua presenting a gift to the Defence Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Raychelle Omamo during a tree planting exercise to mark Kenya's 50th birthday held at Moi Forces Academy on 10 November 2013

The Defence Principal Secretary Ambassador (Dr) Monica Juma planting a tree during a tree planting exercise to mark Kenya's 50th birthday held at Moi Forces Academy on 10 November 2013

The Defence Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Raychelle Omamo planting a tree during a tree planting exercise to mark Kenya's 50th birthday held at Moi Forces Academy on 10 November 2013

The Defence Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Raychelle Omamo addressing the gathering during a tree planting exercise to mark Kenya's 50th birthday held at Moi Forces Academy on 10 November 2013

Defence Cabinet Secretary Amb. Raychelle Omamo on a one on one with the media explaining the importance of the newly created Military Command (Nairobi Metropolitan Command) to take care of the emerging security threats.

Defence Principal Secretary Amb (Dr.) Monica Juma addressing a battery of journalists after a tree planting exercise at the Moi Forces Academy – Nairobi to mark Kenya @50.

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