Today 11th April 2023, Vivo Energy Kenya demonstrated their support to ‘Wakenya Tulindane’ initiative by donating 35,000 liters of diesel fuel at Shell Argwings Kodhek in Hurlingham as a way of partnering with the National Steering Committee on Drought Response.
The donation of the 35,000 liters of diesel fuel aims at aiding the Wakenya Tulindane initiative which was launched on November last year by the Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces H.E President William Ruto. Through the National Steering Committee on Drought and Response which aids the drought response in the country.
Despite the rains being witnessed currently in various parts of the country, 4.35 million Kenyans are suffering the effects of the ongoing drought in Kenya. As a way of giving back to the communities, Vivo Energy Managing Director Mr. Peter Murungi who graced the handing in of the 35,000 liters cheque and signing of Memorandum of Understanding, said that the company is committed to supporting efforts that alleviate the impact of droughts on vulnerable communities.
The Vivo Energy Managing Director Mr. Peter Murungi reiterated that Vivo Energy Kenya is committed to making a positive impact in the communities that they serve. He further emphasized that supporting communities is not just a responsibility, but a privilege and assured the government of continued support as they look for ways to make a difference and urged all stakeholders to come in and support the initiative.
The Secretary of the National Steering Committee on Drought Response Mr. Samuel Murugi pointed out the unwavering support that KDF is doing in sinking and rehabilitating the boreholes in various parts of the country. Mr Murungi urged the corporate world, Kenyans and the private sector to join hands in the noble call in support of the initiative. He also appreciated KDF who will manage the fuel that was donated as they commence their work.
While addressing those present, Col Works Border Security, Col Thomas Bor representing partnership between KDF and National Steering Committee on drought response urged the committee to look for a sustainable way of harvesting rainwater as way of dealing with the perennial water shortage besides drilling of boreholes and desilting water pans.
Col Bor assured the committee of KDF’s readiness and willingness to partner as they look for a way to address the circles of drought as well as look for a long-term solution to mitigate drought in arid and semi-arid areas.
Col Bor said KDF has rehabilitated 340 boreholes in the 32 counties.
The 35,000 liters of fuel donated will enable Col Works and Border Security Command, Col Thomas Bor and his team in desilting water pans and boreholes in the 32 Counties to provide water to our fellow Kenyans.
The Chair Vivo Energy underscored the importance of the initiative as being critical in ensuring most vulnerable members of society are protected during times of hardship.
“We are proud to support the National Steering Committee on Drought Response in their important work. We believe that our donation will go along way to assist in providing some relief to those affected by droughts and help to ensure that communities have access to essential resources during these challenging times,’’ Mr Murungi emphasized.
Wakenya Tulindane initiatives symbolize the need for Kenyans to join hands to safeguard our people and the country from the effects of drought. Wakenya Tulindane is pooling resources together to meet the current need to curb future deficiencies.