Kenya’s Minister of Environment and Mineral Resources John Michuki dies

Kenya’s Minister of Environment and Mineral Resources John Michuki, 80, is dead. His death comes against the background of an ongoing meeting of the 12thSession of the Governing Council of the UNEP in Nairobi.

Michuki died at the Intensive Care Unit of the Heart and Cancer centre of the Aga Khan Hospital, Nairobi.

Mr Michuki was taken ill on Sunday morning two days after returning from a London Hospital, where he had been undergoing treatment since December.

Hospital sources at the time said he had been admitted in critical condition.

On Monday rumours swept social media that he had died, drawing a clarification from the government that he was in hospital and was responding to treatment.

Mr Michuki¹s last official assignment was the Durban Environmental Conference in South Africa between November 28 and December 9, last year.

He flew back home from Durban but left for the United Kingdom just before Christmas for treatment. He returned back on Thursday last week when he fell ill again.

He was later rushed to the Aga Khan hospital at 3am.

Michuki was appointed as Minister for the Environment and Mineral Resources in the Grand Coalition Cabinet named on April 13, 2008.

As Minister for Environment and Mineral Resources, has initiated diverse programmes and projects among them being the Nairobi River’s Rehabilitation and Restoration Programme, the reclamation of the Kenya’s five water towers (the Mau Forest Complex, Mount Kenya, Aberdare Range, Mount Elgon and Cherangany Hills).

He was honoured with a UNEP Award for his clean-up of the Nairobi River and the city.

Michuki is the force behind the enactment of a new mining act to regulate environmental degradation and mining.

He also took key leadership role in addressing Africa’s position towards the Climate Change conference in Copenhagen (December 2009) and served as the Co-Chair of International Environmental Governance (IEG).

Michuki led the Kenya delegation to the Durban Environmental Conference in South Africa on 28 November-9 December 2011 where he stated Kenya’s determination to reduce the menace of global warming and called on the world’s wealthy nations to assist the poor ones to mitigate the devastation of climate change.

Written by ASNS

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