County govt. gives stern warning to illegal loggers at Kaya forest

County govt. gives stern warning to illegal loggers at Kaya forest

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Kaya elders at the Kaya forest. PHOTO: COURTESY

Kilifi, KENYA: Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Natural Recourses in Kilifi County is planning to employ forest guards in July this year so as to take care of Kaya forests.

Mr. Kiringi Mwachitu Minister in charge of the ministry, said that frequent deforestation and illegal mining of minerals in the Kaya forests has endangered the indigenous species of trees and animals living in the forest.

“We have already recruited forest guards and we are expecting to employ them this coming July. Some of them will be posted to  Kaya forests so as to help the Kaya elders in protecting the forest.” He said.

Mwachitu said they help Kaya elders in making sure the forests are not destroyed by some people.

After get such cases, together with Forest services they take action by arresting people who are found inside the forest illegally.

He further warned that legal action will be taken to anyone found cutting and logging trees from Kaya forest.

“I urge Kaya elders to take action by reporting such incidences to our office and relevant authorities so as action to be taken immediately.” He said.

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For the recent past, Kaya elders have been lamenting over the frequent destruction of the Kaya forests.

The Mijikenda Kaya Forests is an international world attraction and is under United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

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