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Mutahi Ngunyi questions government’s motive towards tree planting holiday

By Mercy Simiyu November 7th, 2023 1 min read

Political analyst Mutahi Ngunyi has questioned the government’s motive behind the declaration of November 13, 2023, as a public holiday.

In a statement on his X account,  Ngunyi speculated on whether there might be undisclosed information driving this declaration.

Ngunyi, who worked for President Uhuru Kenyatta as an advisor, also indicated that Kenyans do not have money to buy trees and will instead seize the opportunity of the holiday to make merry.

“This government DOES not ADD up. I do NOT understand why November 13th is a public holiday. Is there something THEY know that we do not KNOW? On the 13th weekend, Kenyans will DRINK beer like El Nino. No MONEY to buy trees. Is the PLOT to get us DRUNK? And WHY?,” He said

Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki has, via a gazette notice, declared November 13, 2023, a public holiday.

The objective of this holiday, according to Kindiki, is to engage the public in a nationwide tree-planting initiative.

The notice stated that the exercise is a crucial component of Kenya’s Landscape and Ecosystem Restoration Program to plant fifteen billion trees.

President Ruto has in the recent past consistently stressed the need to improve the country’s forest cover, coming at a time when Kenya is recovering from one of its worst droughts in recent times.

The drought heavily impacted on the production of food, forcing the government to purchase maize, the country’s staple food from Uganda, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Zambia.

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