Following the recent directive by National Government to suspend all logging activities for 90 days to allow reassessment of the forest cover in the country, The CECM Water, Environment and Natural Resources Mr. Jackson Yaralima and his Chief Officer Mr. Peter Adoki on Sunday swung into action and managed to intercept three lorries ferrying 300 bags of charcoal from North Pokot. The charcoal was being transported to Kisumu and Nakuru.
Speaking at Kapenguria Police station, Mr. Yaralima said that his Ministry is working closely with the police and the Kenya Forest Service to ensure that the directive is implemented. “Our environment has been depleted because we have put more value on money. Why would someone from Nakuru or Kisumu come all the way and destroy our trees? It is our children that will suffer the effects of depletion of forest cover.” He said. He further added that the County Government is very much committed to conserving forests in the county.
|CO Peter Adoki inspects one of the lorries|
On his part, Mr. Adoki said that they have their own system of intelligence that will ensure that no charcoal is transported. “We are serious on this ban and the crackdown will continue. I plead with the residents of our county to put on hold all charcoal, firewood and timber business. I also urge the boda boda riders to desist from transporting charcoal as they will also be charged in a court of law.”
|Two of the three lorries intercepted being held at The Kapenguria Police Station|
In the wake of widespread destruction of forest cover, Deputy President William Ruto said the situation, if not checked, threatens to lead to a severe drought in some parts of the country.
The suspension follows a plea from the National Assembly Environment and Natural Resource Committee which called for the ban until a proper audit is done to protect the forests from further destruction.