Western region women leaders have rallied behind the First lady in her endeavors to green the nation.

Led by the Kakamega county women Mp Elsie Muhanda, the leaders drawn from other counties including Trans Nzoia and Bungoma counties the leaders lauded the greening campaign exercise being initiated by First Lady Rachael Ruto and vowed to stand with her in ensuring that the campaign is a successful one.

Muhanda while addressing the public in Shikusa Prison in Kakamega County stated that the programme started by the First lady were all aimed at empowering the women of not on; Western but the whole country as a whole and called on more women to join the development bandwagon for better lives.

Our first lady has started programs including table banking, JoyWo, Bicycle for schools and tree planting among others and we are happy that all are aimed at bettering our lives as women and today her moe to allow us to commence planting crop in the forest is one way of fighting hunger and poverty among families by ensuring that our families have sufficient food for sustainability, this is a good course that we should support fully”.

The first lady on her part revealed that she had plans to plant 5Million seedlings by 2032 as part of the government target of 15 Billion seedlings come that year.

She was speaking during the launch of 30,000 seedlings at Shikusa Prison , where she watered down allegations that the government had plans to grab the forest for personal gains.

Rachael also called on the women to stop using firewood and charcoal while cooking and embrace green energy as the new modern way in order to save the misuse of trees and death that has continued to take away 20,000 lives of women each year due to carbon monoxide smoke

Others who supported the initiative were Kakamega county first lady Janet Barasa, her Bungoma and TranzNzoia counties counterparts Margaret Makelo Lusaka, Mrs Natembeya and former Kakamega senators wife Mrs Cleophas Malala, all who acknowledged the good work the forts lady was doing in ensuring the country forest cover hits the needed 10 percent to allow more rainfall and ease pollution.  

By Wycliffe Andabwa

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