As Eldoret gears-up to being officially declared a city, a major clean-up exercise was flagged-off by Uasin Gishu Deputy Governor, Eng. John Barorot, to sensitize the community on the importance of clean environment and solid waste management.
Uasin Gishu County was recently ranked among the best urban areas and clean environment is one of the key factors that contributed to the region’s high ranking.
During the exercise the Deputy Governor called on residents to be responsible for their actions on environmental matters, adding, “This is going to be an annual event. We want the town to have a culture where residents are conscious about the need for a clean environment and it is our responsibility to keep our surroundings clean.”
“Cleanliness should not be a practice but it should be a habit, our environment is where we operate our day-to-day businesses. I urge traders to also take personal initiative of keeping the town clean for their own good,” he added.
The Municipality Board Chair, Julius Kitur, noted that cleaning the environment was one way to evade catastrophes, including diseases and thus the need to enhance service delivery in the cleaning sector.
“As the municipality of Eldoret, we want to ensure that our town is cleaner than any other town in this country because we have the best climate. Therefore, we are going to introduce trash bags in every place for easy disposal of litter, ” he noted.
“We are giving warning against dumping dirt outside the litter bins and we need to sensitize the public on the use of bins, and taking part in keeping the environment clean,” he said.
Present County Executive Committee Member for Water and Environment Dr Abraham Serem also urged area residents to ensure they keep the town clean. “We should make this a regular event so that the future generations are equipped with a clean and healthy environment,” he noted.
By Judy Too