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Like Anton Chekhov once put it, “A tree is beautiful, but what’s more, it has a right to life; like water, the sun and the stars, it is essential. Life on earth is inconceivable without trees”. Proving that they are aware of the message wound in the aforementioned quotation, ULK staff and students used the morning of May 15th, 2015 to plant edible trees.

Like any other visionary leaders would proceed, both ULK Gisenyi Deputy Vice Chancellors, i.e. DVC Academics, Dr MUNYAMASOKO Cyeze Emmanuel and DVC Administration and Finance, Mr. KARARA Alexis led planters in the noble exercise.


Before the exercise could take place, planters were briefed on how a tree is planted to make sure it will grow in healthy condition. This briefing was led by Rubavu District Agronomist. Having been fully briefed, planters made it to the feet of Rubavu Mountain where around 400 trees due to bear fruits were planted. Those planted include avocado trees, nut trees and mango trees.
As the District Agronomist said, those trees will play a big role in combating malnutrition in the district given the fact that people, especially needy ones, will be picking the fruits for their healthy lives. “These fruits will be of great use to citizens especially those who find it hard to put food on the table because they will be picking fruits freely and take them to their homes to feed their children. This will considerably improve their living conditions”, he told planters.

Speaking at the function, Mr BAYINGANA Ismael, AGEULK Guild president, disclosed why students value tree planting. He said that when his team came to power, they made various pledges and planting trees is one of them. “We as students value the act of planting trees simply because they play an important part in people’s lives. Indeed, when we were enthroned we pledged a number of achievements along our tenure, and planting trees is one of those pledges”, he was quoted saying.


In the same perspective, Mr NIZEYIMANA Sylvain, lecturer at ULK Gisenyi Campus, emphasized the relevance of planting trees. He said that with edible trees people are likely to live decent lives. “Trees play an unquestionable role in bettering people’s lives. Those who eat fruits rarely visit hospitals”, he emphatically said.


In his concluding remarks, Dr MUNYAMASOKO Cyeze Emmanuel, DVC Academics, expressed his satisfaction to those at the site and reminded that a true member of the human family is the one who lives and dies after planting at least one tree. “He who lived without planting a tree, lived in vain. You should make tree planting a culture”, he told them.
It is the remarks by DVC Academics that marked the end of the exercise.


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