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KFS declares war on drug barons in Mt. Kenya

20 May 2013, 13:08 James Kabotia

Laikipia - Kenya Forest Service has declared war on drug barons who has been cultivating plantations of cannabis sativa (bhang) in Mt Kenya forest.

The forest service through its board chairman said that a massive aerial surveillance has been launched in all forests countrywide and declared that forest is a no go zone for drug barons.

The chairman Peter Kirigua said that the government has provided Kenya forest service with an aircraft which would be used to carry surveillance in forests to keep away bhang cultivators and loggers.

Kirigua said that the aircraft will assist forest guards to sport where the drug is being cultivated noting that his officers will be moving in immediately they sport the drug and uproot it.

“Our forest guards will literally be there to arrest and uproot the plants immediately they sport it in the entire republic; we have intensified surveillance to keep off this criminals out of our forests,” he said.

The chairman who was accompanied by KFS director David Mbugua, said that he will not condone any cultivation of the cannabis sativa in all KFS forests.

“I am putting everybody on notice, there will be no more bhang plantation in KFS forests, I can tell you for fact that we are going to get rid of this as it’s in my vision as chairman,” he stated.

The chairman revealed that in the next three month, all forests in the country will be bhang free pointing that he has instructed his officers to cob the forests and destroy all bhang plantation which he said have flourished in the recent past.

The newly appointed chairman said that he will be getting a monthly report of what is happening in all the forests in the country warning that those to be found abetting the vice will be fired on the sport.

He warned his staff that they will be fired if bhang is found in their areas of jurisdiction.

Bhang cultivation has been widespread in the forests especially in Mt Kenya catchment area where hundreds of acres are under stimulus plant cultivation.

Provincial administration and forest officers have been accused of abetting the cultivation of the drug which has rendered many youth zombies.

The KFS boss lamented that the youths in the country are being destroyed by bhang which he said emanate from Kenyans forests warning that bhang must be cleared out of forests.

Meanwhile Kenya Forests Service will reintroduce the controversial shamba system in all forests in the country.

According to KFS director David Mbugua, a zone neighboring reserves will be planted with trees but KFS will partner with community service association where they allow farmers to grow their crops at same time taking care of trees.

He revealed that this area will be planted with cyprus and pine trees which he said will provide wood for commercial use. He noted that demand for wood in the country is growing at high rate pegging it as one cubic meter per year.

”This is the area we want to partner with community where we engage in symbiotic association and we benefit all,” he said.

Mbugua said that the move will cement friendship between communities neighboring forests and KFS and ensure that the resident actively participate in protection of the forests.

The director revealed that his office is in the process of planting indigenous trees in the utilization zone area where plantation trees were planted illegally.

The move will kindle the memory where the government faced rebellion from late Nobel prize winner Prof Wangari Mathai where she opposed the reintroduction of the system saying it will lead to forest exploitation.

The government through former minister of environment David Mwiraria had proposed to introduce the system as way of conserving the forest.

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