The Ogiek Council of Elders has complained to President Kenyatta of his government’s “reluctance” to restore the Mau Forest Complex.
The elders said in a letter delivered to the President by chairman Joseph Towett Kimaiyo, through Rift Valley PC Osman Warfa, that the Jubilee Government had taken a back seat in the forest’s restoration.
The elders said as a result, illegal loggers were poaching timber.
“Numerous actions have been proposed to stem the destruction, reclaiming encroached land, compensating current occupants, resettlement of genuine squatters, rehabilitating and conserving the Mau Forest Complex, but it will not happen without the goodwill of the two leaders (President and his deputy),” said the letter.
The Mau reforestation campaign started in 2008 when former Prime Minister Raila Odinga was given the task of saving the Mau. He set up a Taskforce known as the Kenya Water Tower Agency.