8 May 2005

Kenya: Forest Bill to Be Reintroduced

Nairobi — Environment minister Kalonzo Musyoka yesterday said he will reintroduce the Forest Bill that was defeated last year.

The Bill was defeated in Parliament on June 3 after a fallout between the main affiliates of the National Rainbow Coalition, Liberal Democratic Party and some Ford Kenya MPs.

Mr Musyoka, who was briefing journalists in Karura Forest after planting over 150 trees with the World Spiritual leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslims, Khalifah Hadhrat M.M. Ahmad, said he will retable the bill in the next session.

The Bill was defeated because of conflict between Liberal Democratic Party backbenchers and some Ford Kenya MPs who joined hands with Kanu to reject the Government Bill in protest over the removal of some councillors allied to LDP by the then Local Government minister Karisa Maitha.

The Forest Bill 2004 had been tabled by the then Environment Minister Newton Kulundu and after its defeat could only be brought back to the House for debate after six months.

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