Society / Environment
Friday, 24 Feb 2017 12:29 EATamboleokata@gmail.com
The Kenya Forest Service (KFS) is spending more than Sh56 million to build modern houses for its forest rangers in four of its conservancies in the country. Speaking to journalists at the Menengai Eco System View Point in Nakuru during a familiarization tour of the field activities of KFS, the agency's director general Emillio Mugo said the programme was in line with the policy of the service to improve the general welfare of its staff.
He said that the housing units are being built in Lower Imenti in Eastern Conservancy, Karura in Nairobi Conservancy and Logoman and Nakuru in Mau Conservancy. The director said that in each conservancy, the construction work will cost the service Sh18 million.
In order to ensure that occupants of the house stay comfortably, Mr Mugo said that each self contained housing units will accommodate one ranger for those with families or two for unmarried servicemen.
Further, the director said that six units are being built in one place in order to make up a camp which will also have an armory and century. This he said will go a long way in boosting the morale of rangers who have had to cope with harsh living conditions in wooden houses, he said.
On Mau Forest reclamation, the director commended KFS staff for their efforts, saying that more than 60,000 hectares have been reclaimed with most of them being in South Western Mau and Marioshoni.
In Narok County, 18,000 hectares have been reclaimed with more set to be completed in phase four of the process to be spelt out by the Kenya Water Towers Agency, the entity coordinating Mau conservation.
The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County