Let’s save Lake Victoria, CS

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By JOSEPH OJWANG.

The Ministry of Water is calling for a working synergy to save Lake Victoria water from pollution that threatens aquatic and human beings lives.

The Ministry Cabinet Secretary Simon Chelugui says national government, county governments bordering the lake and civil society must work as a team to reverse pollution in the lake.

Chelugui says lake water is increasingly being polluted through raw effluent discharge from factories within the basin coupled with erosion in water catchment areas.

The CS says fishing is the most affected sector with the current situation in the lake putting lives of millions of people who depend on fishing for their livelihoods.

Chelugui says the national government alone is not able to confront the situation and called for a concerted effort from other stakeholders to save the lake.

In a speech read on his behalf by George Macgoye, Secretary Administration, State Department Irrigation during clean water conference in Kisumu spearheaded by Kenya Breweries Limited, the CS says the path to achieving water supply to the people should not be jolted by pollution in the lake.

He announced that the government is keen to reach its target of 80 percent water coverage services by the year 2020.

Currently, he says, the water coverage is at 60 percent and several interventions put in place by the government will push the percentage to reach its target by next year.

He says water as a key enabler for economic development will enable President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four Agenda achieved on time as his legacy.

The water conference hosted jointly with the Lake Basin Development Authority (LBDA) is aimed at casting a spotlight on social, economic and environmental issues surrounding water usage and management.

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