By Hopkin Reporter
Kitui Governor Dr. Julius Malombe has said his government will continue working closely with development partners to strengthen the efforts to combat the challenges of desertification in the county.
In line with this year’s theme “Her Land Her Rights“, the Governor noted that women have unequal and limited access to and control over land though they are major actors in the global efforts to reduce and reverse land degradation.
The county chief added that women are subjects to discriminatory laws and practices that impede their right to inherit and access to services and resources regarding land calling for change of such practices to enable them to thrive in the modern society.
Further, Governor Malombe called on the residents to embrace tree growing to complement his government’s efforts to build sand-dams in each ward as an initiative towards sustainable medium- and long-term plan to gradually reverse desertification.
On her part, Environment and Forestry CS Soipan Tuya commended the Governor for his set approach on reversing land degradation noting that trees are key for economic and nutritional value.
Tourism CS Peninah Malonza commended the county government’s commitment in partnering with the national government citing the opportunities available for partnership and cooperation between the two levels of government.
The event was attended by high level development partners among others the National Land Commission, the NDMA, Water Fund & Africa Sand dam Foundation.
Kitui DG Augustine Kanani, Several MCAs and Members of the County Cabinet graced the event.
This year’s ceremony in the country took place today at Waita, Mwingi Central Sub county.