In Summary
  • Rwanda was one of the first countries to ban the use of plastic bags in 2007 before Kenya followed suit last in 2017.

  • The ambassador said that Nairobi is currently in a big solid waste management hole and unless a quick and sustainable solution is found.

  • He said it is possible for Kenya to be green as well.

The Nairobi City County government has partnered with the Rwandan High Commission in an effort to improve cleanliness in the city.

Rwandan High Commissioner to Kenya James Kimonyo said that the partnership has been informed by the need to replicate the steps taken by his country in keeping its environment clean.

Mr Kimonyo said that Rwanda was one of the first countries to ban the use of plastic bags in 2007 before Kenya followed suit last in 2017, adding that the country has also become the first in the region to commission an ICT waste plant that has offered a solution to dangerous electronic waste coming with the information age.

“We are happy to continue this national exercise with Rwandans living here in Nairobi but most importantly we have agreed with the county government that this exercise can only be a success if it’s done in partnership with its administration,” said Mr Kimonyo.

UMUGANDA

He was speaking during the marking of ‘Umuganda’, a general cleaning exercise, on Saturday at the Rwandan Embassy premises along Limuru Road, Gigiri, as part of activities to mark the 24th Heroes Day anniversary.

The ambassador said that Nairobi is currently in a big solid waste management hole and unless a quick and sustainable solution is found, the health risks associated with garbage and contaminated water will continue to beleaguer its people.

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