KEFRI Conducts a Clean-up Exercise in Zambezi
Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI) conducted a cleanup exercise from Zambezi to KALRO gate in Muguga on 24th July, 2019.
The event brought together Kenya Forest Service (KFS), Muguga Ecosystem Research Community Forest Association (MERCFA), Kikuyu Sub-County office, Sigona Ward Representative, Kikuyu Sigona and Kerwa locations Chiefs, and Nderi Uzima Community Health workers.
KEFRI Director Dr. Joshua Cheboiwo kicked off the event at Zambezi, where he called upon staff, the local community and partnering institutions to prioritize cleanliness as prerequisite to a healthy environment.
“Cleanliness starts from our homes. We should ensure our environment is clean at all times,” said. Dr. Cheboiwo
The area MCA Hon. Naphtaly Ngugi, Kiambu Ecosystem Conservator Mr. Paul Karanja and Kikuyu Sub-county environment officer Mr. Nahashon Kiania were also present during the exercise.
Mr. Karanja praised the collaboration with stakeholders and cautioned the community against dumping in the forest.
Hon. Ngugi urged KEFRI to strengthen its relationship with neighbouring communities noting that this will go a long way in helping the institution achieve its goals.
“The community should be the first beneficiaries of the institution’s research technologies, this can be achieved by interacting well with the community,” he said.
KEFRI’s Central Highlands Eco-regional Research Programme (CHERP), Regional Director Dr. Joram Kagombe thanked volunteers and the Kiambu County government for availing its garbage truck and personnel thus making the exercise a success. .