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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,30TH MARCH 2018-The Government has extended the term of the Task Force inquiring Forest Resources Management and Logging activities in the country for 30 days.
While receiving the The Task Force’s interim report to Environment Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko, two weeks after it was formed,said the task force needs more time since a number of critical activities like public hearings, field visits and consultative meetings with stakeholders are still pending.
“The request has been considered and approved by the Deputy President. Accordingly, the term of the task force now stands extended for a period of 30 days from today,” the CS said in a statement sent to Newsrooms on Friday.
The Task Force which was formed after a prolonged drought in the country blamed on the destruction of the forests was Gazetted on February 26.
According to CS Tobiko, the Government has already started considering the recommendations of the task force that was formed on February 26.
The CS said, in a week’s time the ministry will be reviewing concerns raised over the 3 months moratorium against logging.
“The Deputy President has also noted concerns raised regarding the scope of the declared moratorium and has instructed me to convene an urgent consultative meeting to address and clarify the issues,” the CS said.
The team is headed by the Green Belt Movement Chairperson, Marion Wakanyi Kamau.
Others who also serve in the special task force are Environment Institute of Kenya Vice Chairperson, Linda Munyao, Rhino Ark Charitable Trust Executive Director, Christian Lambrechts, Kenya Association of Manufacturers chief executive Phyllis Wakiaga, and Kenya Water Towers Agency Chairperson, Isaac Kalua.