The civilian and military leadership of the Ministry of Defence led by Hon Aden Duale, Cabinet Secretary for Defence, and Chief of Defence Forces General Charles Kahariri has today participated in different areas of the Republic of Kenya, in a tree planting exercise in line with the national strategy to address climate change.

Both the civilian and military components at the ministry participated in the exercise held in various parts of the country as part of a concerted effort to contribute to the ambitious national goal of His Excellence Dr. William Ruto, President of Kenya, and Commander in Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces, of planting 15 billion trees by 2032.

Hon. Aden Duale accompanied by Kenya Military Academy Commandant, Major General Aphaxard Kiugu and Director of Medical Services Major General George Ng’ang’a, planted over 60,000 seedlings and seed balls in Sururu Forest in Nakuru County. The KDF fraternity and locals drawn from Nakuru region were involved.

At the Defence Forces Recruits Training School, General Charles Kahariri, Chief of Defence Forces accompanied by Lieutenant General David Tarus, the Army Commander and Major General Jeff Nyaga, General Officer Commanding Western Command planted 2,000 trees. In his remarks, General Kahariri noted that DFRTS has an outstanding history in environmental conservation efforts under the Environmental Soldier Program that has over time planted over 200,000 trees this rainy season. He urged the personnel at the institution to continue with the same zeal.

In Meru County, Mr. Patrick Mariru, the Principal Secretary for Defence in company of Lieutenant General John Omenda, Vice Chief of Defence Forces, spearheaded a tree planting exercise in Gambela Wetlands. During the event, over 10,000 trees were planted, significantly contributing to the national effort of environmental conservation.

A similar exercise was conducted by all military Formations and Units from the three Services across the country.

The tree growing exercise outlines the Ministry’s goal of planting 450 million trees by 2032. The Ministry has also been tasked with producing 800 million tree seedlings on behalf of all Ministries, Departments, and Agencies

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