Ainabkoi MP William Chepkut has scooped the People’s Shujaaz Award for championing environmental conservation in Parliament.
Chepkut won Wanjiku’s Best Representative 2018:Environmental Conservation award thanks to his motion introducing compulsory tree planting in all learning institutions.
“THAT, aware that Article 42 of the Constitution accords every person the right to a clean and healthy environment and that Article 69(1)(d) mandates the State to encourage public participation in the management, protection and conservation of the environment; further aware that deforestation is one of the main contributors to climate change; noting that Kenya has not been spared by the effects of global warming and climate change as a result of deforestation amongst other aspects; deeply concerned that this has already adversely affected the agricultural sector which is the backbone of the rural economy and also lead to severe drought being experienced in all parts of this country, this House urges the Government to introduce compulsory tree planting programmes in all learning institutions and individual households,” Chepkut had said while giving his notice of motion.
Members of the National Assembly unanimously passed the motion by Chepkut, compelling the government to introduce compulsory tree planting in learning institutions.
Online voting was ran by Mzalendo.com between 30th November to 9th December 2018.
The award by Mzalendo.com focuses on leaders’ core mandate of legislation, oversight and representation.
“In recognising these leaders, we focus purely on their work on the floor of the House; that is legislation, oversight and representation,” noted Mzalendo.com an online site that rates the performance of the National Assembly and Senate.