Tobiko condemns illegal grazing in Mukogodo Forest

Written By: KBC Correspondent

The CS said said the forest is not a place for commercial ranching fattening of cattle to make profit

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko has ordered the removal of livestock grazing illegally at Mukogodo forest in Laikipia.

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Tobiko says there is intelligence reports that some people have been using the indigenous forest as their hide out for stolen animals and have highly contributed to its destruction.

He said that the community-protected forest has for years remained virgin with clear structures and taboos guiding its protection but regretted that since illegal herders from other counties started migrating into to it there has been no order of conserving the Natural Resource.

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The CS who was Speaking at Ar Jiju Primary School in Laikipia North when his ministry delivered material to support alternative livelihood to the communities neighboring the forest said that the illegal herders have been using the forest as a commercial ranch where they fatten their stolen animals for sale.

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He warned that the government will not tolerate the habit and called on the owners of the animals to leave immediately.

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The CS said that there will be a mass tree planting at the start of every rainy season in the forest to reclaim its glory.

Laikipia North MP Sarah Lekorere said that residents have remained clam despite the invasion by the herders in the forest and this has made sure that there is peace in the areas something that was different some few months ago.

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Lekorere urged the resident to support the government in making sure that the forest is protected and use the resources provided to make profit from it through the different user rights as provided in the Forest Management plan.

She called on the president to remember the region and at least appoint senior government official from Laikipia North since they have been left behind for long.

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