Busia County Government and Ubuntu Rave Kenya Chapter have called for an end to blame games in environment conservation telling county residents to take the lead in guarding the environment jealously.
Busia First Lady Judy Ojaamong and Chief Officer for Education and Vocational Training Lydia Nabwire, who joined the youths in town-cleaning and tree planting , told county residents to place garbage in designated locations.
“It’s bad practice to litter the town with garbage and later blame the County Government. Cleanliness starts with us to ensure garbage is placed in designated places for better working environment,” they said.
They defended the Garbage bill which is being drafted by the Executive saying the punitive measures will deter people from throwing litter anyhow, thus ensuring our towns remains clean.
Manager Busia Municipality Ken Nabulindo said the by-laws on garbage collection will empower them to arrest businessmen or anybody who throw litter on the roads or in trenches instead of the designated receptacles.
Ubuntu Rave sponsor Edwin Owiti told residents to avoid blame game and instead take care of the environment instead of heaping blame on the county Government.
“I condemn that false notion. If the County should be taking care of the environment who are these people who are littering this environment? It’s us. It’s a challenge on our side; let’s not put a lot of propaganda and politics on it. Even at your own home you can’t be throwing litter aimless, but you put them in dustbins,” he said.
However, Owiti urged the county government to put dustbins in strategic places so that people can put the litter in the right place, adding that they will push for the enactment of the bill and its regulations.
Ubuntu Rave Artistic Director and co-founder Henry Okumu said Ubuntu, a Zulu word, means coming together in unity, brotherhood, a way of showing love and caring for one another.
He said tree planting will start in March 2019 with a target of 50million trees by December 2020. Ubuntu Rave Kenya is celebrating African diversity, culture, music, dance and above all to bring people together.
The celebrations have brought dancers from Rwanda and youths from Burundi, Uganda and other East African Community Member states.