Pressure is mounting on Environment cabinet secretary Keriako Tobiko to draw a policy that will effectively curb the dwindling forest cover.
The former Director of Public prosecutions only has 14 days to deliver this requirement which the Jubilee administration has placed at the center of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four Agenda.
Kenya’s ecosystem has been adversely distressed. The country recently witnessed a prolonged drought ravaging most parts of the country. Rivers are drying up due to massive destruction of forests, water towers have been encroached and illegal activities have taken center stage.
Public outcry has been huge and the government has promised to act and as expected, attention has shifted to the ministry of Environment and forestry which must act in 14 days within which it must come up with a roadmap to combat looming crisis.
Environmentalists charge that the country must act firm and swiftly adding that if left unchecked, conservationists warn of dire consequences to the country’s food basket, wildlife, and climate change.
And if it does not rain within a month, environmentalists say more than 2 million people, wildlife and livestock from the seven counties that depend directly on water sources such as Chyulu forests and East Mau water towers will be affected.
The government has imposed a 90 day ban on timber harvesting and the minister of environment is promising to act.
The Ministry of environment Wednesday indicated that all was not bad in the Kenyan forests. While on a tour of Kaburu forest that has been dogged with massive illegal logging Tobiko says policies will be in place in time to manage the crisis.
In the meantime, Meteorological department in Murang’a has cautioned farmers, motorists and residents of Murang’a County of heavy rainfall that may cause havoc in the highlands.
Murang’a’ Meteorological department director Paul Murage says the heavy rainfall will hit the ground late than the normal period, thus making farmers to plant early than before.