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Charlene Ruto unveils tree that was planted by her father in 2017

By Wangu Kanuri November 21st, 2022 2 min read

President William Ruto’s daughter, Charlene Ruto, has unveiled a tree that her father planted way back in 2017.

The First Daughter made the disclosure on Twitter while drumming up support for the president’s climate action vision.

The tree you see here was planted by my father, @WilliamsRuto in 2017 at Moi Girls Nyabohanse in Kuria West constituency. Be assured that his vision of climate action started a long time ago. Today, I planted mine next to his so we continue this vision for a sustainable future,” she tweeted.

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Charlene has been advocating for planting of trees as well as taking care of the environment in her recent trips across counties and abroad.

“A tree planting exercise shall be conducted come December along with another follow up engagement with various stakeholders,” Charlene during a trip to Isiolo after her father was sworn in as Kenya’s fifth president.

Her remarks came barely a week after President Ruto urged Kenyans to participate in planting of trees saying it was the only way to combat the adverse effects of climate change and the severe drought that has been ravaging various parts of the country.

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While challenging Kenyans to plant 15 billion trees in the next 10 years, Dr Ruto said in order to reach the target every single Kenyan would be required to plant 300 trees.

“The objective is to grow 5 billion trees in the next five years, and an additional 10 billion trees by 2032,” President Ruto said.

Additionally, last week, Nairobi governor Johnson Sakaja said that youth would be paid Sh2500 weekly in a tree planting programme.

Speaking during the handing over of Nairobi Metropolitan Services back to the county, Sakaja said, “We agreed with our President that the young people that we are focusing on, instead of what we had as kazi mtaani, we are soon launching a programme of tree planting. Our young people will be engaged in and they will be getting Sh25oo per week. They will help us plant trees and maintain trees.”

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