Enforce logging ban, Lenku urges Kajiado officials

Saturday June 2 2018

Charcoal burning in Mau Forest. Human activity has been blamed for destruction of the forest. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Charcoal burning in Mau Forest. Human activity has been blamed for destruction of the forest. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By COLLINS OMULO
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Kajiado County Governor Joseph Ole Lenku has warned county officials against colluding with dealers and transporters of charcoal in the area.

The governor said that the county officials should instead work with security agencies in the county to enforce the ban on charcoal business in the Rift Valley County, saying that the national ban on logging is still in force.

“The moratorium [ban0against these forest products is still in force. We have said no to further forest degradation in this county. We, therefore, shall enforce a new working formula with community forest associations in conserving the forests,” said Ole Lenku.

He was speaking during the county’s Madaraka Day celebrations held at KCB Grounds in Kajiado town.

Governor Ole Lenku directed the county’s inspectorate officers to partner with the national government agencies to root out logging and charcoal burning which has mostly affected Kajiado Central and Kajiado East sub counties.

At the same time, the Kajiado County boss has asked Kajiado residents to jealously guard ongoing county projects against detractors who are inciting sections of the public to protest against projects initiated by the devolved government.

He said that projects on hospitals and roads were being targeted by his critics warning that he will not allow anyone to derail his development agenda, citing the Maili 46 road and the county’s first tarmac road in Ongata Rongai as examples.

“These projects passed through citizen participation yet some people are now saying we should stop them just for their own selfish interests. That will not happen,” he said.