The County Executive member for Tourism and Natural Resources for Taita Taveta County Hon. Alex Mwangeka has called for strengthened partnership between NEMA and the County Governments.
The County executive reiterated that County governments should be implementing devolved environmental functions closely with NEMA. He acknowledged the important role that NEMA plays in ensuring Kenyans enjoyed the right to a clean and healthy environment.
The County executive was speaking during the Capacity Building workshop on CEAP preparation for coast region held at Mombasa beach hotel. He said most counties were ill equipped to address environmental issues and NEMA’s input was highly required. ‘’unless NEMA comes to assert its authority, the environmental agenda in the counties may be lost’’, He said.
He added that most governors may not see the need to prioritize environment as it is not tangible and does not translate into votes. He said the roll out of the Environmental action planning process was a step in the right direction noting that NEMA and the county governments needed to work together. ‘’We need one work plan for the environment at the county level,” he added.
He regretted that most counties were yet to gazzete their County Environment Committees (CECs) and called for strategic engagement with all the 47 counties to ensure CECs which are critical in County environment management are in place.
Hon. Alex Mwangeka (left) the CEC member for water and Natural Resources for Taita Taveta County makes a point during the CEAP workshop (H. WANJOHI/NEMA]
He called on NEMA to work on transitional arrangements to ensure seamless transfer of devolved functions noting that the expertise remained with NEMA. “Let’s walk together during this transitional period and not leave county governments alone and think they know what they need to do on environment. You are the experts,” he concluded.