Over 90,000 trees were planted in the hills of Manafwa as the Minister of State for Environment, Hon. Dr. Mary Gorrety Kitutu launched World Environment Day, 2017 Celebrations in Uganda.
The tree seedlings, 60,000 of which are locally grown by groups supported by Hon. Kitutu herself were planted on major sites including Bubulo Mixed Primary School on Olanga Hill, Buhofu Primary School on Bukusu Hill and others on Fuluma Hill.
While officiating the functions, Hon. Kitutu, who also is the area’s Woman Member of Parliament stated that Manafwa District and other districts in the Elgon Ranges were losing so much with leaving the hills without any tree cover. “We are losing our best soils when it rains to the low land regions,” said Hon. Kitutu. “We have registered destruction of property in windy seasons and landslides in rainy seasons. We need to cover the bare hills,” remarked Hon. Dr. Kitutu.
The Deputy Executive Director NEMA, Ms. Chistine Echookit Akello called upon the custodians of the land to take care of the trees and ensure their survival while Mr. John Musila, the Chairperson Manafwa District Local Government thanked the Minister and NEMA for the restoration initiative an pledged the District’s support to spread the exercise to cover other hills.
First held in 1974, World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment. Uganda has been commemorating WED since 1989 under different chosen themes.