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China partners with Nairobi County in monthly cleanup exercise

NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 6 – The Chinese government has partnered with Nairobi City County in the ongoing monthly cleanup exercise.

Led by Governor Sonko and Deputy Ambassador Li Xuhang, hundreds of residents heeded the governors call to turn out in large numbers to beautify the city.

Speaking in Komarock during the exercise, Xuhang said that the  Chinese government has offered to provide working tools, heavy machinery equipment and trucks.

Chinese nationals in Nairobi will be assigned regions to clean as well.

“As Chinese community, we are happy to have joined the Governor in this exercise and we promise to be doing this more often because we also feel we belong to this city and it needs to be clean for everyone,” Xuhang said.

“Today we joined all of you here and I want to declare our commitment to engage with the county government in more of this and I hope you will all welcome and work with us.”

Governor Sonko said he is happy that the image of Nairobi City has transformed since the initiative began and promised to continue with it until the city is ranked amongst the cleanest cities in the world.

“I am happy to report that we no longer get complaints from Nairobi residents on how their areas are dirty but instead we have received encouragement and compliments for a well job done. I feel proud and I promise you all that this initiative will go a long way,” Sonko expressed.

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He further recognized those who voluntarily do the cleanup and promised to create job opportunities for youths who are unemployed in the area.

“I am aware that 95 percent of the people who do this job do it without any pay and they have been volunteering without complaining. We will try our best as the county government and see how we can work together. Our young people need jobs and we are also looking into that,” said Sonko.

Also present were representatives from the United Nations Habitat as well as musician Esther Akoth commonly known us Akothee

The cleanup initiative came to effect in July last year and the cleaning is done once every month in different regions in Nairobi.

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