March 18, 2020

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KFS intensifies crackdown on charcoal burning, logging

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Kenya Forest Service Chief Conservator of Forest Julius Kamau now says the service has intensified crackdown on charcoal burning and logging to conserve the country’s forest.

Kamau spoke only hours after officers in Nyandurua County seized a vehicle registration number GKB 376U that was transporting 200 cedar posts.

The arrest was as a result of intelligence reports in the last several weeks that have indicated that the said Government vehicle is used irregularly and illegally to occasionally transport forest produce in Langalanga area, Gilgil.

“It doesn’t matter who you are. If you fail to adhere to forestry guidelines, we will consider you as a criminal and take the necessary measures immediately,” he said.

Speaking at his Karura office in Kiambu County, Kamau warned public officers who have been using their positions of influence to destroy the ecosystem that the service will crack whip on anybody found contravening forestry laws irrespective of their status.

During the operation, two culprits were arrested and are being held at Ol Kalau Police Station pending arraignment in court.

“The Service is working in collaboration with other security agencies and the community in efforts to curb forest destruction,” he added.