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NEMA begins effort to save L. Kenyatta

Lake Kenyatta in Lamu County is on the verge of extinction, which is evident by the alarming rate of the receding levels of water.

This phenomenon has been a threat to both human and wildlife survival who depend on the lake for survival. It is with this realization that a delegation from the Ministry of Environment and NEMA visited the historically significant Lake Kenyatta in Lamu County.

The delegation that was led by the PS Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli, included the Environment Secretary, Dr. Alice Kaudia, NEMA Board Chairman, Mr. John Konchellah, NEMA DG, Prof. Geoffrey Wahungu; Director Compliance and Enforcement, Mr. David Ongare; Deputy Director Coastal Marine, Mr. Stephen Katua; and Lamu CDE, Mr. Salim Bashir.

Elements of the mission included discussions with the Lamu County Government, a meeting with the County Commissioner, departmental heads of MDAs stationed in Lamu County, a field trip to Lake Kenyatta; and finally a public meeting at the Agricultural Training Centre, Mpeketoni.

It was noted that the degradation of the lake could be attributed largely to excess water abstraction especially by pastoral communities, encroachment on the riparian reserve propelled by a rapidly growing squatter population, siltation of the Lake, interference with streams that feed the Lake and land grabbing.

The PS directed that the Lake be gazetted with NEMA’s assistance. NEMA was also asked to generate a paper for consideration by the Board and an inter- agency project team, headed by the Environment Secretary be constituted...