Let us join hands in protecting
the Mau Forest and other natural resources
21. 07. 2008
Though the Mau Forest is an ecosystem with great ecological and
economic importance, itís saddening to see and hear some
politicians trivialising the issue of its conservation for narrow
It is uplifting to see Prime Minister Raila Odinga championing the
protection of the forest for the benefit of all.
Lack of political will and corruption had in the past led to
illegal logging and settlement in the forest. Mara River, which
has its source in the forest, is fast declining due to wanton
destruction of the forest. This dangerous scenario threatens the
future of the forest considered as one of wonders of the world.
Thus, destruction of the forest poses a threat to our tourism
industry, among other economic activities. Lake Nakuru National
Park, is in danger as the lake is shrinking due to destruction of
Mau Forest, a source of rivers draining into the lake. The future
of Sondu Miriu hydroelectric power project hangs in the balance
owing to interference with the Mau ecosystem.
Kimani S Mwangi, Kiambu
Politicians should emulate Raila in demonstrating prudent
leadership where the interests of Kenya come first.
Let us all join hands in protecting the Mau forest and other
natural resources for the good of our country.