11 September 2006

Kenya: Maathai Urged to Save Mau Forest

Nairobi — A group of environmentalists wants Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai to use her influence to compel the Government to end the ongoing destruction of the Mau Forest.

They also want the Government to take over the management of the forest from Narok County Council because it does not have the capacity to manage it.

In a letter to the Tetu MP, the environmentalists, led by Friends of Mau Conservation Trust and Mau Integral Project, the group claimed that some Government officials and law enforcing agents were the main beneficiaries of the destruction.

Narok District Forest Officer, Mr Solomon Mibei, denied that his office was to blame for the destruction of the forest.

Narok County Council clerk, Mr Wilson Marowa, said they had put measurers to protect the forest.

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