Waste management was the uniting factor that brought together the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM), Narok County Government and the EAC Lake Victoria Basin Commission for the 7th edition of the Mara Day Celebrations.
To get things going, the partners on Friday conducted a clean-up exercise in Kilgoris town as one of the build-up activities to this year’s event.
The celebration themed “Upstream-Downstream; Mara Connects us all” was to highlight the importance of a holistic management of the basin.
Speaking at the clean-up event, the EAC Lake Victoria Basin Commission Deputy Executive Secretary (Projects and Programmes), Telly Eugene Muramira noted that the clean-up is part of the Mara Day Celebrations geared towards creating awareness on sustainable waste management in the Lake Victoria Basin.
He said, “The Mara ecosystem is one of the critical ecosystems in the Lake Victoria Basin, supporting sustainable socio-economic development and biodiversity conservation.”
“The collaboration between the public and private entities in today’s clean-up initiative is a commendable practice in the management of shared resources for industrial and socio-economic growth in this region,” added Muramira.
Narok County Environment Water and Natural Resources CEC Job Kiyapi noted that the county government, in conjunction with the national government, is committed to maintaining a clean and healthy environment for the well-being of both the current and future generations.
“This clean-up is part of the County’s initiative to reduce the amount of waste in the town resulting in a better, healthier environment that will promote the well-being of residents and a waste management culture in the present and future generations,” added Kiyapi.
The waste management awareness initiative and clean-up exercise are in line with the industry’s commitment to manage solid waste in the country as a global best-practice.
KAM South Rift Chapter Chair, Jayen Dodhia noted, “It is critical for government institutions, the private sector and members of the public work together for effective and sustainable management of waste to promote the adoption of a circular economy.”
Dodhia added that the initiative seeks to create awareness for proper waste disposal right from the home to waste collection, transportation, segregation and recycling – thereby stimulating a thriving and valuable industry for the country.
KAM has also partnered with National Transport and Safety Authority, Kenya Association of Waste Recyclers and Dandora Hip-hop City to promote effective management of PET bottles.
The Mara Day is marked on the 15th of September of every year and rotates between the two Partner States of Kenya and Tanzania. Narok County hosted this year’s event.