, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 29 – President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday reiterated his government’s commitment to empowering the youth to undertake environmental conservation programmes and engage in other lawful economic activities that guarantee them decent lives.
Speaking at Huruma grounds in Mathare Constituency during the launch of Nairobi City County monthly clean-up programme, the President said the National and County governments will work together in allocating adequate resources for environmental conservation programmes.
President Kenyatta reaffirmed his government’s commitment to the conservation of the environment as a priority across the country.
He urged Kenyans to support initiatives by the national and county governments by ensuring proper disposal of waste within their residences and working places saying it is the responsibility of every Kenyan to ensure cleanliness.
The President said, “Let us all as residents of Nairobi and other towns treat cleanliness as a priority”.
The Head of State, who flagged-off the clean-up campaign, asked the youth to organize themselves into groups and undertake environmental conservation as an economic activity.
The President and the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta joined organized conservation groups in the clean-up exercise.
President Kenyatta declared total war on illicit brews and drug abuse and called upon the youth to shun crime and other activities that will place them in conflict with the law.
Commending youth for being in the forefront in environmental conservation, the President reiterated his government’s commitment to amending the Procurement law to ensure that 30 per cent of all government contracts are reserved for the youth.
The President further said that his Government has set aside Sh6 billion for youth empowerment and called upon the youth in the country to organize themselves into registered groups through which the funds will be disbursed.
The President asked law enforcement officers in the country not harass youth engaged in lawful activities as the move would push them into crime.
The President, who stopped at Mlango Kubwa area to acknowledge cheers from wananchi, said the youth should be allowed to continue with their economic activities as the government organized to relocate them to designated areas.
On politics, the Head of State called on leaders to shun petty differences and unite Kenyans in nation building.
President Kenyatta said the time for politics is over and Kenyans should now focus on economic activities that will grow the economy and improve their welfare.
Nairobi Governor Dr Evans Kidero echoed the President’s unity call and pledged to work with his government in delivering the development pledges made to Kenyans.
The Governor said his County government had set aside Sh700 million for environmental conservation programmes in the city.
Speaking during the occasion, Environment and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary Prof Judy Wakhungu assured that the government would strengthen legal frameworks on collaboration and partnership building in environmental conservation programmes.