KENYA CONTEMPLATING BANNING CHARCOAL USE, SAYS ENVIRONMENT MINISTER

NAIROBI– Environment CS Keriako Tobiko says the Kenyan government is considering banning charcoal trade as part of its measures to save the country’s forests.

Tobiko who is on a countrywide tree planting campaign urged Kenyans to use alternative sources of energy for domestic use.

In the past few years the country has witnessed unabated environment destruction attributed to destruction of trees for charcoal burning.

Some Kenya forestry officials have already have already lost their jobs due to their involvement in illegal logging.

And while the 90 day ban on logging still stands, Tobiko says a ban on use of charcoal as a source of energy is the only way to address illegal logging.

Speaking after he launched a million indigenous tree planting drive in Kajiado County, Tobiko urged the Kenya Forest Service to crack the whip on illegal loggers.

At the same time the destruction occasioned by floods has seen the government begin the process of building Gabions to prevent floods along River Sabaki.

And even as the government demonstrates its commitment in conserving environment, John Kinga, a retired teacher from Ol-Jabet village in Laikipia West has taken the time to encourage his neighbors on the need to conserve and protect the environment.

Kinga has started an initiative that focuses on environmental conservation by propagating growing of trees both exotic and indigenous.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK