Former Mwai Kibaki being welcomed at Maasai Mara University. Photo courtesy.
By OUR CORRESPONDENT
Kenya’s Third President, Mwai Kibaki was today honoured with an honorary degree in environmental studies by Maasai Mara University.
During the colourful event held at the Main Campus of The Maasai University, where 1,346 granduands were conferred with various degrees and diplomas, the former Head of State called for concerted efforts in preserving the Mara ecosystem.
He observed that the Mara environment presents a unique ecology that requires keen attention by all Kenyans in order to realise its full potential. He added the Mara ecosystem is a global wonder that has placed Kenya in world map due to its uniqueness.
“The Maasai Mara ecosystem is, no doubt, one of a kind in the world. It is uniquely endowed with features and attributes that make it a true wonder of global proportions. It is the duty of Kenyans and East Africans to preserve it and the water towers associated with it, as an integral part of this region’s brand identity,” Mr. Kibaki said.
Former Mwai Kibaki being honoured with an honorary degree in environmental studies by Maasai Mara University.
Kibaki made the remarks in his acceptance speech where he further regretted that the honour comes at a time when 10 million Kenyans are reportedly facing starvation due to prolonged drought and inadequate water.
Kibaki observed that matters of environmental conservation especially in water catchment areas must be taken seriously in order to reverse the threatening trend not only in the country in the whole of the African continent.
“It is noteworthy that I accept this recognition at a time when 10 million Kenyans are reported to be facing starvation on account of prolonged drought and inadequate water. I therefore accept this honor on behalf of all those people who believe and seek to advance the course of environmental and water conservation in Africa,” the former President noted.
The former president challenged the Maasai Mara University to take a leading role in ensuring that the Mara ecosystem is properly conserved by generating knowledge that expands the horizons of possibility for humanity. He added that it was these expanded horizons that humanity regenerates itself for progress and sustainability.
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