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Environment Cabinet secretary Keriako Tobiko has directed the immediate sacking and replacement of four Kenya Forest Service (KFS) officers in four forest stations.
Tobiko directed the KFS chairman and the Chief Conservator of Forests to sack forest officers of the Kibiku, Ololua, Thogoto and Ngong Road forest stations, citing massive destruction of forest resources.
In a statement to the newsroom, Tobiko also directed the immediate suspension of the Plantation Establishment and Livelihood Implementation Scheme (PELIS) within the same forest stations pending an independent status assessment.
Further, KFS is directed to commence the necessary rehabilitation programmes including replanting of indigenous trees from today and ensuring total protection of the forest block while reporting daily progress on the exercise to the CS’s office.
On the other hand, the Forestry Society of Kenya (FSK) now says logging in key water towers in the country has not contributed to the decline in water levels of key rivers in the country. Water towers The society came to the defence of KFS that has allowed harvesting of mature trees saying it was in line with the law.
Addressing the press after a two-day meeting at Simba Lodge in Naivasha, FSK Patron Prof Fred Owino said cumulative effects of human settlement, excisions over abstraction of water have all led to the decline in water levels.
While commending the government for initiating tree planting across the country, Owino said they plan on meeting the recently launched taskforce on state of the forests to share their insights and way forward.