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President Uhuru Kenyatta lays Foundation Stone at Wangari Maathai Institute (WMI)

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President Uhuru Kenyatta lays Foundation Stone at Wangari Maathai Institute (WMI) at CAVS

President of the Republic of Kenya, Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta made history on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at University of Nairobi’s College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences when he laid a foundation stone at the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies

In his Speech, Hon. Kenyatta paid a glowing tribute to the late Prof. Wangari Maathai for her relentless work and passion to care for the environment.  The late Prof. Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement to help educate people at the grass-root level on environmental issues.  A record of 50 Million planted trees has been set through this movement.

President Uhuru Kenyatta quoted Pope Francis and urged University staff and students to ‘Love their environment and by doing so, they will be showing love to their neighbour.’

The cost of construction of phase I of the WMI is at KES 600m and is supported by the government of Kenya, the African Union through African Development Bank and the UoN. The President reaffirmed the government’s commitment to support the project upto its completion.

 

Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies will train students from the whole African continent on environmental issues.  The campus will as well play a key role in shaping democracy and peace building initiatives.

On his part, Education Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Fred Matiang’i thanked the President for championing the ideals of great minds like Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wangari Maathai.  He added that Prof. Wangari Maathai is celebrated globally and was recently recognized in African Union Summit held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Dr. Matiangi noted that the Ministry has put in place mentorship programs to mentor secondary and primary school students on environment and peace among other issues. 

The University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi said that, “To us this campus will reincarnate and immortalize the spirit of Prof. Wangari Maathai, the global icon, our own Professor and faculty.”

He urged the government to construct and privatise the main road joining Upper and Lower Kabete and serving the CAVS grounds citing the need to ease communication in the three campuses.

The VC thanked the President and the government of Kenya for its continued support that has enabled the University to discharge its objectives and functions adequately.

Present during the event include Prof. Judy Wakhungu, Minister for  Environment, Prof. Collete Suda, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Members of Diplomatic Corps, Chancellor, Chairman of Council, University Management Board, Senate, Staff, Students and the general public.

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