Mau Complex Task Force launched
Mon, Jul 21, 2008
Prime minister, Raila Odinga says the process of corrective
actions that will be taken in the Mau forest by the government
will be undertaken in a humane manner.
In his speech this during the launch of the Mau Complex Task
Force, Raila said conservation of the forest would secure the
present and future of this region in terms of water security,
economic growth and sustainable development.
He said conservative estimates show that the Mau complex
contributes more than 20 billion shillings to the economy every
He added that other areas that need attention are the Chyulu
Hills, Mt. Marsabit, Mt. Elgon and other vital water catchments in
He said the first role of the Task Force will be to draw up terms
of reference for their work through consultations with
stakeholders, and develop a time-bound implementation plan.
The Task Force comprises of senior officials from the relevant
Government Ministries and representatives of stakeholder groups,
as well as experts.
The launch of the task force comes in the wake of calls by a
section of Rift Valley leaders to squatters settled in the forest
not to move out.