CS Tobiko orders replacement of four forest service officers
Environment CS Keriako Tobiko has ordered for the immediate replacement of four Kenya forest service officers as the government cracks the whip on illegal logging.
Tobiko has directed the officers manning the Kibiku, Ololua, Thogoto and Ngong road forest stations be replaced.
In a statement to newsrooms, he also ordered for the immediate suspension of the plantation establishment and livelihood implementation scheme within the four forests pending an independent audit.
This development comes as the taskforce on forest management has invited the public to submit their views by Thursday next week.
The taskforce is calling on the public to submit their memoranda an d petitions on how the process of conserving the forests should be carried out six days after Deputy President William Ruto unveiled it.
Kenyans and environment stakeholders have until close of business on Thursday next week to submit their views to the joint secretaries office.Also Read US Secretary of State cancels dayâs engagements due to illness
The taskforce which has been mandated to determine the scale of illegal logging, destruction and encroachment of public and community forests is also expected to co-ordinate an inclusive stakeholder consultation process at all levels.
This even as Taita Taveta County Government is set to plant more than 1.5 million seedlings during the rainy season.Also Read Governor Kiraitu urges Meru residents to take up NHIF
The Kenya Forest Service has promised to provide funds to upgrade rangers Houses in Taita Taveta County and make sure that they have enough vehicles so that they can offer more services to the commu nity including patrols of the forests.
KFS Director Christopher Gakahu, says the government will also look at training more forest rangers in the area so that they ensure preservation of the forests.
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