Akurinu faithful pledges to plant 1 million trees


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By: Angela Maina  @MountKenyaTimes

The Akurinu Church in Kenya is set to celebrate 100 years of its existence, and its faithful has started tree planting initiative aiming to plant one million trees by June.

The initiative, according to Prince Macharia, the secretary-general of General Conference of Akorino Churches Assembly (Gecaga) was meant to support commitment to plant two million trees by 2022 as the country aim to reach the 10 per cent tree cover by next year.

“As Akurinu faithful, we shall support President Kenyatta in achieving this target by planting half of the two million trees.

Macharia who spoke Saturday during the launch of the initiative at Nairobi Arboretum said they will start with 20 counties first due to the few days we have before we converge at Kasarani in June to celebrate 100 years and have a national prayer day.

“We will start with 20 counties due to the few days we have before we converge at Kasarani in June to celebrate 100 years and have a national prayer day,” said Macharia.

Equity Bank also committed to support the church by giving them 200,000 seedlings.

Kenya Forest Service (KFS) Chief Conservator of Forests, Julius Kamau, commended the church for setting the pace as he pledged to donate 100,000.

Kamau also challenged other faiths to imitate them.

“I also challenge the Cabinet Secretary for Environment Keriako Tobiko to come up with a policy to ensure that those organisations that plant trees, also ensure that they are nurtured for up to two or three years and then handover them to KFS to manage,” Kamau said.

CS Tobiko On his part said that the development of the policy document is on the works.

Water Cabinet Secretary, Sicily Kariuki, asked the Church to support the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) because it will bring peace and development to the country.

Kariuki further asked the faithful to pray for President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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