Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Mr. Keriako Tobiko has announced the gazzetment of Entarara and Lolkoroi catchment areas in Oloitoktok Sub County to protect them from encroachment.
The CS said the Ministry of Environment would work closely with the Kajiado County government to demarcate and protect Entarara, which is the source of river Namunyelele and Rombo catchment areas.
He said it was a pity that the local community did not care about environment conservation which was the source of their livelihood and that of the future generations.
During a fact finding tour, Mr. Tobiko visited Entarara, Rombo and Oloitokitok catchment areas which act as sources of rivers supplying Mzima springs and parts of coastal region.
He directed chiefs and the grassroots security committees to be vigilant and identify individuals who were said to collude with foreigners to fell trees around the water sources.
Chiefs he noted will be held personally accountable for any trees destroyed in their areas of jurisdiction adding that concerted efforts by the community and the two levels of government was necessary to restore the environment and water catchment areas.
Mr. Tobiko led residents of Maroroi and Entarara catchment areas in planting over 1000 tree seedlings.
He advised pupils of Ndarara primary school to protect the newly planted trees to enable them mature for future use.
At Rombo springs, residents complained that well connected people were to blame for illegal felling of trees causing degradation and gradual drying of the water source.
The CS advised the Kajiado County government to demarcate land around the water sources and collaborate with the Kenya Forest Service and the Water resources Management Authority to protect and restore the wells.
Source: Kenya News Agency