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President Uhuru Kenyatta announced the launch of a national clean-up campaign dubbed ‘Clean Up Kenya Campaign’ aimed at restoration of forests as well as recreational facilities for beautification and regeneration of the environment. “The campaign which will commence on September 1st, 2020 will be led by cadres of the National Government Administration Officers (NGAOs) and incorporate local communities and relevant stakeholders,” the President said.
President Kenyatta was speaking during the opening of the rehabilitated Michuki Memorial Park in Nairobi, Kenya on August 14th,2020. “Michuki Memorial Park is one of the green spaces/recreational facilities in a series of environmental rehabilitation programmes my government has initiated, not only in Nairobi, but also across the country,” the President said.
The Park previously known as Mazingira Park was renamed Michuki Memorial Park in 2012 in honour of the late Hon. John Michuki who played a key role in the clean-up of Nairobi River and its environs during his tenure as Minister for Environment. The President commended the Ministry of Environment and Forestry and its agencies (KFS, NEMA, KEFRI), which partnered with Nairobi Metropolitan Services, National Museums of Kenya, Kenya Power, NYS, and Kenya Seed Company in rehabilitating the park.
KEFRI has conducted a biodiversity assessment in the park and established a tree nursery, medicinal garden and fruit orchard as well as constructed a 500 sitter open air amphitheater. The tree nursery will be open to the public where seedlings will be sold at subsidized prices.