Walker set to walk 370kms for climate change

By Gerald Tenywa

The walkers set off on Monday after being flagged off by Paul Mafabi, the director of environment affairs in the Ministry of Water and Environment.

ENVIRONMENT

The walking expedition led by Geoffrey Walker Ayeni from Kampala to Kapchorwa, Walker Ayeni has entered the home bend.

Ayeni and two other walkers have conquered 360kms within the last 10 days. They are now camping at Sipi Falls sitting only 10 kms from Kapchorwa Town.

Ayeni who is the chief walker is leading two colleagues, Oco Dunstan, a student at Uganda Christian University and Julius onyole-pastor and civil engineer.

The walkers set off on Monday after being flagged off by Paul Mafabi, the director of environment affairs in the Ministry of Water and Environment.

Sam Cheptoris, is expected to preside over the conclusion of the 370km walk.

Ayeni together with Cheptoris accompanied by officials from the Ministry of Water and Environment, National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) and Walkers Association of Uganda will clean up Kapchorwa Town from litter particularly plastic bags and also plant trees.

Ayeni’s 370km walk covered eastern Uganda towns, Jinja, Iganga, Bugiri, Tororo, Mbale and is expected to end with Kapchorwa.

The walkers are funded by Care International, World Conservation (IUCN), National Association of Professional Environmentalists and the Ministry of Water and Environment.

The walker started walking to raise awareness on climate change last year by walking from Kampala via Tirinyi and Mbale before concluding his walk at Kapchorwa town. He was funded by World Wildlife Fund (WWF).