The Government has banned logging in all public and community forests for the next three months, Deputy President William Ruto has said.
The Deputy President said the move would allow reassessment and rationalization of the entire forest sector in the country.
Ruto said the decision has been reached upon as the country was facing unprecedented serious and acute water crisis for the last three years due to destruction of forests.
“The Ministry of Environment and Forestry in consultation with all relevant stakeholders is directed to immediately constitute a task force and prepare a report within 14 days on the forest sector, and propose appropriate remedial measures,” said Ruto.
Meanwhile, the Deputy President has warned that disciplinary action will be taken against the management of day secondary schools in the country found demanding fees from students.
The Deputy President said no one should demand for fees from students in day secondary schools, since the Government has paid.
Speaking in Milo Boys High School in Webuye West constituency, Ruto said the Government was keen on ensuring free primary and affordable secondary education for all pupils across the country irrespective of their family backgrounds.
Ruto said no students should be denied the opportunity to go to school because their parents cannot afford pay school fees.
While addressing wananchi at Sirisia District Hospital, Ruto said the Government would spend 100 million shillings in improving the health facility. He said the Government would continue to serve all Kenyans equally.