The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) personnel have today observed the national tree planting day in an exercise conducted at Langata Garrison in Nairobi.

The initiative was informed by the executive guidance aimed at remembering and honouring Kenyans who have since lost their lives during the recent floods and was as well in furtherance of the KDF’s tree growing strategy. The personnel planted over 10,000 tree seedlings of various indigenous types.

The Deputy Army Commander Major General Mohamed Hassan while leading the event emphasized the vital role that trees play in sustaining the environment and balancing the ecosystem.

“Climate change has adversely affected our country occasioning floods that have led to loss of lives and property destruction. I urge all our troops to dedicate themselves in today’s exercise so as to significantly contribute towards safeguarding the future generations,” he guided.

He further urged the troops to do a follow up after the exercise to ensure the seedlings’ survivability and to extend the same in their respective residential areas.

“Planting these seedlings is not enough. We must take care of them to ensure their sustained growth. I encourage you to also plant trees back at home as this will contribute towards the achievement of the desired national environmental security end state,” he noted.

Senior Officers, Officers and Service Members from Defence Headquarters, Headquarter Kenya Army and Lang’ata Garrison took part in the exercise.

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