News 2008


Mau Complex Task Force launched

Mac Kemoli

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 year.

He added that other areas that need attention are the Chyulu Hills, Mt. Marsabit, Mt. Elgon and other vital water catchments in Kenya.

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.