Lake Ol’Bollosat may soon be fenced to protect its fast-vanishing marine life, the County Government has said.
Speaking when he toured the lake today, the County Executive Committee member in charge of Water, Environment, Tourism and Natural Resources Hon. (Eng.) Simon Ng’ang’a warned that Central Kenya’s only lake is facing extreme pressure from human activity.
“Fencing is one of the options on the table, even as we pursue immediate gazettement of the lake into a game reserve,” he said.
Hon. Ng’ang’a’s remarks come ahead of the World Wetland’s Day celebrations next Friday, which will be held at the lake for the first time.
Senior National Government officials and representatives of lead agencies are expected to grace the occasion.
The County Government has embarked on extensive engagements with stakeholders around the lake, in an effort to focus local attention on the wetland’s dwindling fortunes.
The lake is one of the most productive and biodiverse ecosystems in the world.
The County Executive Committee member in charge of Public Administration and Information Communication Technology Hon. (Eng.) Mbataru Kariuki warned that pesticides were flowing into the lake from nearby farms.
“The stench is unmistakable. It would be a miracle to keep any organism here alive for much longer,” he said.
Present at the event was the Member of the County Assembly for Weru Ward Hon. Mbogo Mburu (Jubilee) and his Ndaragwa Central Ward counterpart, Hon. David Maithai (Jubilee).
Others were the Kenya Wildlife Service’s senior County warden Mr. Jacob Ilo Orahle, the Chief Officer in charge of Lands, Housing, Physical Planning and Urban Development Dr. Daniel Gikaara, proprietor of Samawati Cottages Mr. Savero Bertolino, and several local residents.