Deputy Director Mr. E. Omollo, Director MGS Jedida, Parents of the winner Mr. & Mrs. Gitonga and beaming recipient of the overall Misitu Prize
There was pomp and color during the finals of the Misitu Golf Series which took place at Muthaiga Golf Club on Saturday 15th January 2010. The event attracted close to two hundred players from 13 different golf clubs countrywide, who had qualified earlier on for the finals. Surprisingly, a junior golfer Edmund Kabera emerged the overall winner after producing a superb round of 42 points to become the first Misitu Golf Challenge national champion. 15 year old Manek from Eldoret Golf Club emerged second overall with 37 points while former Muthaiga chairman Selest Kilindi took home third prize with 36 points.
Addressing the golfers the KFS Director Mr. Mbugua said that “the misconception that tree planting and forest conservation is a government programme is perhaps one reason that ours is a tree scarce country. It is the people who need trees and as such it is they who will plant and manage them. I am thus appealing to you indeed all corporate organizations represented here to seriously consider forest conservation either as a social responsibility programme or as one of the main initiatives that you are going to champion. As a corporate, we can work together to rehabilitate the vast degraded lands in our possession and this way you will not only gain recognition as a conservation champion but also leave a legacy for our future generations”.
The winner Mr.Edmund Kabera was awarded a trophy and a trip to Cottars 192os Camp in Maasai Mara. The second winner received a trip to Naivasha Simba Lodge while the third winner received a trip to Rondo Retreat in Kakamega Forest. All three winners also received free massage services ranging from three months to one year long. Other top nine winners were also awarded with various prizes. KFS players included the Director Mr. D.K Mbugua, Deputy Directors Mr. Peter Rutto and Mr. Esau Omollo, Senior Assistant Director Mr. Ochiel Owino, Head Corporate Communications Mr. Raphael Mworia and Corporate Communication Officer Mr. Charles Ngungiri. The co sponsors included General Motors, KENGEN and KBC.
Report by Ann Kaari