Saturday, July 11, 2020
CS Keriako Tobiko adressing the public during the World Day to Combat Desertification at City park Nairobi

CS Keriako Tobiko adressing the public during the World Day to Combat Desertification at City park Nairobi

The government will repossess about 6000 acres of forest land, grabbed from Ngong Road Forest.

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko has warned those who illegally acquired the forest land to surrender it to the government, before the government moves to reclaim and restore the forest.

The CS lamented that Ngong Road forest which was originally 7,000 has been grabbed and less than 1,000 acres are remaining. “We talk about grabbing of our forest but Ngong Road forest is the most naked and brazen case of this disease called grabbing”, said the CS.

“We have entities that have no conscience, some people think that they are very smart by acquiring public land, we are coming for them” The CS affirmed.

The CS said 6,000 of the forest land has gone to individuals and warned the grabbers to surrender so called titles before the government catches up with them.

The CS was saddened by grabbing culture in Kenya saying it is impossible to get a valid title deed for a public land assuring the public of the government’s commitment to reclaim all public spaces which he said belongs to the people.

The CS decried the level of destruction at the park as shameful and alarming. “The 90 acres of land that was donated by Mbari ya Kihara (Gikuyu Clan) in 1923 in perpetuity to Kenyans and particularly the people of Nairobi has been excised illegally and now only 63 acres remains” CS affirmed.

President Uhuru Kenyatta directed during World Environment Day celebration at Arboretum that the management of Nairobi City Park be placed under Kenya Forest Service who took over its management on 10th June, 2020 from Nairobi County.

Environment CS Keriako Tobiko is joined by PS Dr. Criss Kiptoo during a clean up exercise at City Park Nairobi as part of the WDCD celebrations

Environment CS Keriako Tobiko is joined by PS Dr. Criss Kiptoo during a clean up exercise at City Park Nairobi as part of the WDCD celebrations

The CS said the government will soon fence off City Park and it will be accessible to the public for recreational purposes.

The Principal Secretary, Dr Chris Kiptoo said the Ministry of Environment and Forestry has partnered with Kenya Prisons and is scheduled to plant 100,000 trees during Public Service Week at Ruiru prisons.

The CS was speaking in City Park during Desertification and Drought Day 2020. Present during the meeting were NEMA Chairperson Hon. John Konchella and Acting Director General Mamo B. Mamo,  Kenya Forest Service CCF Julius Kamau, Starehe DCC Anthony Macharia among other leaders.

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