Wangui Githugo @Wango_G
The Kenya Forest Service (KFS) has announced key management changes geared to revitalising the organisation’s service delivery capacity. In the changes announced by chairman Peter Kinyua, the organisation has also made history by appointing a career forester woman to the organisation’s helm.
Speaking in Nairobi yesterday, Kinyua said the board has appointed Monica Kalenda as the Acting Chief Conservator of Forests to replace Emilio Mugo, who has stepped aside pending investigations.
The appointment of Kalenda, a seasoned forest resources management expert, the chairman said, will accelerate ongoing reforms initiated by the board aimed at enhancing forests conservation countrywide.
“At KFS, we are committed to ensuring that Kenya achieves more than 15 percent forest cover by 2022 by leading efforts to plant more than 170 million trees in the next five years,” said Kinyua.
Assisted by a competent management team, Kalenda will spearhead reforms on forests management including tree replanting, beefing up security in forest zones, facilitating public education and awareness on forestry and advancing human capacity development through training programmes.
“Following the discussion that has been going on in the country and the observation that my board has made during the past one and half years we have been in office, the changes are necessary for the sector to run smoothly,” he said.