Emuhaya MP seeks to introduce mandatory community cleaning day

Thursday March 3 2016

Emuhaya MP Wilberforce Ottichilo, who was ranked highest in approval ratings among elected MPs in 2015. Mr Ottichilo proposes to introduce a Rwanda-style community clean up day in the country. PHOTO | SULEIMAN MBATIAH | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Emuhaya MP Wilberforce Ottichilo, who was ranked highest in approval ratings among elected MPs in 2015. Mr Ottichilo proposes to introduce a Rwanda-style community clean up day in the country. PHOTO | SULEIMAN MBATIAH | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By JOHN NGIRACHU
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An MP is proposing the introduction of Rwanda-style community cleaning days in Kenya.

Emuhaya MP Wilberforce Ottichilo proposed that the national and county governments set aside selected Saturdays where everybody would take part in cleaning public places close to where they live.

The proposal was made in the form of a Motion which will now be debated by MPs.

A Motion is a resolution of the House and the government is required to implement it.

Rwanda is the only country in the East African Community that has a mandatory community service day.

Observed on the last Saturday of every month, it is called Umuganda and is entrenched in the country’s laws.

ABLE-BODIED PEOPLE

On that day, all able-bodied people above 18 and below 65 participate in the volunteer community work. 

“This practice goes back to the colonial times and is still practised today,” according to the Rwanda Governance Board website.

Dr Ottichillo, considered the National Assembly’s in-house science and environment expert, did not get the chance to discuss the basis of his proposal, which will now be set for discussion on any Wednesday morning.

Last year, he sponsored a Motion advising the government to slow down on the development of nuclear energy.

But a follow-up of the resolution by the Committee on Implementation revealed that the government continues to fund the Nuclear Electricity Board.