The decorated environment activist Marvin Wanjala has passed on.
The late Marvin, who founded the Rhino Jumbo Charge, passed away on Sunday 4th of April, 2021 after a short illness.
The news of his death comes as a shock to thousands of his fans, fellow environmentalists and the country at large. His love for the environment and passion to protect the ecosystem saw him found the Rhino Jumbo Charge, an annual social event organised in Bungoma County involving motor challenge geared towards wildlife conservation and in particular the Elephant (Jumbo) and Mt. Elgon Ecosystem as the habitat.
Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati has eulogized the Magharibi Michezo Awards winner as an ambitious young man who still had a lot to offer to the country.
“Marvin Wamalwa single handedly marketed Bungoma County as an attractive tourism destination for motor sport and nature conservation through his Jumbo 4×4 challenge held in Mt. Elgon annually. Our county has lost an ambitious, resourceful son who believed in playing his part in making his county and country a great place. May his soul rest in peace,” read a statement from Governor Wangamati
Jumbo Charge 4X4 Challenge is a Non-Governmental organization that has partnered with several other stakeholders including the Kenya Wildlife Service, Kenya Forest Service and several county governments in developing and implementing a comprehensive environmental conservation program, aimed at reversing the effects of the destruction of this important watershed.
Our first 4×4 adventure challenge will be taking place in Nandi on the 2nd to 5th of April.
Join us in raising awareness and funds to help conserve our environment.
— Jumbo charge (@JumbochargeKe) March 4, 2021
Jumbo Charge 4×4 Challenge is their biggest event in their annual calendar, which in turn triggers community action in various conservation efforts.
For the past three years, the organization has been sensitizing the upstream community through awareness creation on the advantages of conserving water catchment areas. The aim is to create positive impact, extend support and build collaboration at local, national and international levels for the conservation of the Elgon water tower.
One of the biggest spectacles during the Mt Elgon challenge was the news of an 8-year old Gitau Munene who stunned the world by winning the challenge.
Our biggest condolences to the family, friends and relatives for the loss.