Saturday, May 26, 2018

CS K.Tobiko accompanied by PS Charles Sunkuli stresses a point after receiving the forestry taskforce report

A care taker management team will be constituted to oversee the Kenya Forest Service reforms recommended by a taskforce that indicted the former board of management for plunder of the country’s forestry resources.

The Cabinet secretary for Environment and Forestry Mr. keriako Tobiko announced the decision when he received the damning report and said that steps to implement the recommendations would be taken immediately.

The report discloses that in some instances the board of management directly participated in abated, systematic rampant corruption and abuse of office which led to illegal logging that threatened the forests.

Mr. Tobiko said that his Ministry would put in place an implementation matrix in 10 days to reform KFS whose board of management and officers were said to be corrupt, unethical and systematically executed plunder of forests and water towers that brought the environment to the precipice.

The task force formed to look into the management of forestry and illegal logging following widespread public outcry recommended that investigations and prosecution of officers found to have been involved in malpractices be commenced.

The report further proposes that public vetting of serving KFS personnel be conducted to determine suitability and culpability of officers in a bid to instil ethical culture within the service and restore public confidence in the institution.

It recommends that logging of cedar trees in all forests and the use of cedar products such as fencing posts be banned since they had the highest demand leading to wanton destruction of forests.

Further the report says that for the country to meet the ever increasing demand for wood, KFS has to effectively engage with private land owners and state corporations with vast acreage of land in order to increase investment in private forest plantations to complement public plantations.

The report says that County Governments should urgently collaborate with the Ministry of Environment and KFS to fast track signing and operationalization of Transition Implementation Plans that will transfer the various forests to respective County governments.

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