Log­gers and KFS col­lude to de­stroy Lem­bus For­est

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

The Stan­dard news­pa­per on Mon­day ex­posed how log­gers and Kenya For­est Ser­vice of­fi­cials col­lude to de­plete forests. Just like the NYS, NSSF, Kenya Air­ways and a num­ber of min­istries, the KFS is emerg­ing as another agency whose ad­min­is­tra­tion is rais­ing ques­tions. The com­po­si­tion of its Board of Direc­tors is it­self ques­tion­able be­cause it does not re­flect the face of Kenya. In some in­stances, it was re­ported, some KFS of­fi­cials drop their guard to al­low com­mer­cial saw millers to har­vest more ma­ture trees than they are al­lowed. This is hap­pen­ing in Koibatek. Lem­bus For­est is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing mas­sive de­for­esta­tion of both in­dige­nous and ex­otic trees. This de­ple­tion is by lo­cal, na­tional and multi­na­tional com­pa­nies and po­lit­i­cally con­nected in­di­vid­u­als. If this trend con­tin­ues, mil­lions of Kenyans will be ex­posed to en­vi­ron­men­tal dis­as­ter. It’s un­for­tu­nate the EACC and Baringo county have failed to pro­tect the for­est.


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