Thursday, May 25, 2017
The CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu and PS Dr. Margaret Mwakima takes a group photo, in commemoration to the 12th, May 2017, pass out for 83 foresters and 60 men and women bands men, at the Kenya Forestry College in Londian.

The CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu and PS Dr. Margaret Mwakima takes a group photo, in commemoration to the 12th, May 2017, pass out for 83 foresters and 60 men and women bands men, at the Kenya Forestry College in Londian.

The government has challenged new forest recruits to abide by the set Forest and Conservation guidelines, which spells out their duties and responsibilities.

While officiating the pass-out of 83 Foresters and 60 bands men and women at Kenya Forest Service College in Londiani, Kericho County on Friday, Environment and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu asked the recruits to serve with humility and steadfast dedication as envisaged in the Constitution and the Forest Conservation and Management Act 2016.

 The Cabinet Secretary said that in their duties, the officers will be in charge of a critical natural resource that attracts many unscrupulous and unethical persons whose  aim are  to enrich themselves at the expense of the country’s natural resources.

Wakhungu warned recruits of their involvement in malpractices associated with forest destruction, saying they risk losing their job if spotted abetting corruption in their work stations.

She said the Government has declared zero tolerance to corruption and any corrupt or unethical activities on their part will also lead to prosecution and possible jail terms.

The Cabinet Secretary said the image portrayed by the officers in performing their duties will be the image of the Service that communities will identify about her   Ministry alongside the Government. “Competency, effectiveness and professional service are key in addressing many challenges facing forest conservation in the country” she added.

Prof. Wakhungu further urged the officers to handle the assets and equipment under their charge with great sensitivity and professionalism, averting cases of misuse.

She said her Ministry will continue to support Kenya Forest Service in conservation work by ensuring that the organization has adequate manpower, equipment and other resources that it requires to fulfill its mandate.  This demonstrates the commitment of the Government to enabling the Service to adequately protect and conserve our forest resources for the present and future generations.

Present at the occasion were State Department of Natural Resources Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima, Kenya Forest Service Board Chairperson Peter Kinyua and Chief Conservator of Forest Emilio Mugo.

Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu and her Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima with Senior officials of KFS, ready to lead the passing out parade for basic paramilitary course 2017.

Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu and her Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima with Senior officials of KFS, ready to lead the passing out parade for basic paramilitary course 2017.

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