I was the most happy man last Saturday June the 29th 2013 when His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta and the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta joined with Kenyans at Hurumu Grounds for a Clean-up Campaign.
It was very refreshing seeing President Uhuru in casual wear in the trenches.
We want to entrench this further and as such, we are planning to host The National Forum on Waste Management in September with all the 47 Governors to help streamline the question of Waste Management in Kenya. We are in consultation with the relevant Partners to make this happen.
When we launched The Monthly Clean-up Campaigns in September 2010 in Eastleigh, this is what we were looking for; a day when the President of Kenya will roll his sleeves and join with us in the trenches.
The question of Waste and Waste Management has been with us for so long. We are 50 years in to our Independence and still, our Towns are clogged with dirt and waste as if we are so helpless about it. We have mandarins in the Departments of Environment who believe that shifting waste from one place to another is Waste Management. And they will boast of their PhD Status!
Shifting waste from one place to another will NEVER be Waste Management.
We must institute the process of Separation of Waste at Source as the first basic step towards Waste Management. And we must involve all the Citizens in this. We must then create a Data Bank of all Waste Handlers and task each group with Management of one particular Waste Stream. This has been done in so many other places and we cannot pretend about it.
All the Clean Towns across the World just didn't happen by chance. There was a deliberate effort made by the Environment Directors and enforced upon the people. It then became a culture that they have respect and the results can be seen; Cleaner Cities and Cleaner neighbourhoods.
We are happy that at long last the Governor of Nairobi is buying 35 Garbage Collection Trucks. I bet these will be put in to good use and not vandalized by the cannibals at the Department of Environment. We had advised the Governor to do a thorough shake up in that Department and it seems that we are back to business as usual where printing of T-shirts for such events are given more prominence.
I bet the focus should be on the work, not on the sideshows. Not on hiring 20 Trucks at a Monthly cost of Kshs 20 million!
Time is on our side and the hard realities will come, for the Sun must run down to the West as it races to start a fresh each single day. We at The Clean Kenya Campaign are back and we will bring you images of a Clean City or a Dirty City as we continue. The honeymoon is over.
I also met with our Kimisho Team Leaders in Makadara on Saturday the 29th June and I was impressed with the enthusiasm with which Kimisho has been received across all Kenya. The Month of July is our Month for Mobilization and come August, we will host our 1st Annual General Meeting where our Management Team will be confirmed.
Oto with Kimisho Team Leaders in Makadara on Saturday June the 29th 2013
At The Clean Kenya Campaign-TCKC, we are concerned that the cost of living is increasingly becoming unaffordable for many people. The price of Milk, Bread and Unga has risen to Kshs 42.00, Kshs 50.00 and Kshs 120.00 silently respectively and yet, we are still being told of a poor man's Budget when Budget Estimates are read.
The cost of money has simply been placed above the common man and as such, we must all pull together as the Government struggles with the many paralyzing issues they are facing.
Let us all join hands and be partners in Our Journey of Hope across Kenya.
Odhiambo T Oketch,
Team Leader and Executive Director,
KCDN, KSSL, KICL,
Tel; +254 724 365 557,
Email; firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com