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Multi-sector committee on sound chemical management launched

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Dr Chris Kiptoo

The committee will be mandated to coordinate and implement policies, legislation and guidelines on chemicals and waste both at the national and county levels.

Speaking during the launch in Nairobi, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Dr Chris Kiptoo said the ministry intends to handle pollution and waste disposal in a competent and manageable way.

To address sound management of chemicals, the government is strengthening policy and regulatory frameworks, domesticating of environmental Agreement of Chemicals and waste, and implementation of Sound chemical management strategies and Action plans.” Said Dr Kiptoo

“There are about 1.7 million Boda Boda riders in Kenya, with an average of at least five dependents. The sector therefore, supports around 8 million directly and indirectly and deserves the empowerment and respect”, CS Tobiko said.

The CS said the sector which is worth 350 billion has the potential of growing to about a trillion once formalized.

Meanwhile, officers in the traffic department in Murang’a have organised weekly trainings for bodaboda operators to help minimise road accidents.

Murang’a North Traffic Commandant Julius Marwa has noted increased accidents occasioned by the operators have prompted them to start training the riders on how to embrace road regulations.

Speaking to KNA in his office on Monday, Marwa observed that they will be training the riders once every week saying most accidents have been caused through careless riding.

In the training, the operators will also be educated on how to follow rules when involved in accidents to stop cases where bodaboda riders in the recent past have been burning cars of motorists who knock or collide with a rider.

“In a week, here in Murang’a north we record about five accidents involving a bodaboda rider. Unfortunately, when a rider is involved in an accident, the majority of them tend to hide and this poses a challenge of getting the right statistics,” explained Marwa.

In other news – Kenya’s Covid-19 cases hit 103,015 after 147 test positive

The total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Kenya now stands at 103,014 from a cumulative test of 1,243,431 conducted since March.

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Of the new cases, 119 are Kenyans while 28 are foreigners with 75 being male while 72 females were confirmed to have contracted the virus. Learn more

Source: kbc