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Judges call for urgent action against environmental offenders

Judges in Embu have called on security agencies to take action against individuals whose activities led to environmental degradation.

The judges led by Embu High Court judge Justice Lucy Njuguna said that any individual found destroying the environment should face the full force of the law urging the security agencies not to spare anyone caught destroying the environment.

Speaking at Embu women prison during a tree planting exercise that brought together the Judiciary in Embu to plant 2, 200 trees, Justice Njuguna also called on Embu residents to be on the frontline of conserving the environment.

She urged Embu residents to be champions of environmental conservation for sustainable development and make environmental matters their priority.

She said that environment conservation is important for both the present and the future generations and that all Embu residents should all be involved to create better forest cover, clean air and water.

“All of us need to be involved in environment conservation to create a better forest cover, clean air and water because environment conservation is very important for both the present and the future generations,” said Justice Njuguna.

The tree planting exercise at the Embu women GK prison was a buildup event to the activities planned in preparation of the commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the Environment and Land Court (ELC).

Kenya Forestry Service’s ecosystem conservator Bernard Orinda called on the various institutions in the county to emulate the judiciary and take advantage of the short rains being experienced in the county to plant trees so as to increase the tree cover within the county.

Deputy Governor Kinyua Mugo noted that Embu County will make environmental conservation a priority and that it will make tree planting a yearly event.

He added that through the yearly tree planting exercise that will be launched by Governor Cecily Mbarire, the county targets to be planting 1 Million trees.

He called on Embu residents and various stakeholders to support the initiative so as to increase the forest cover in the county.

By Justus Anzaya

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