KFS boss Emilio Mugo sacked in changes to curb forest destruction

Sacked KFS director Emilio Mugo. FILE
Sacked KFS director Emilio Mugo. FILE

The Kenya Forest Service

director Emilio Mugo has been suspended over the ongoing destruction of forests.

The move came just hours after

Environment CS Keriako Tobiko raised concerns about approaches in the management of forest. He said he wanted radical changes in the service.

The changes geared towards revitalising the organisation’s service delivery capacity.

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In the changes announced by KFS Chairman Peter Kinyua, the organisation appointed career forester Lady

Monica Kalenda

to the organisation’s helm.

Kalenda was appointed with immediate effect as the Acting Chief Conservator of Forests to replace Mugo.

She is a seasoned forest resources management expert who will accelerate reforms initiated by the KFS board to enhance forests’ conservation countrywide.

Kinyua said Kalenda will spearhead efforts including tree replanting, beefing up security in forest zones, facilitating public education and awareness on forestry and advancing human capacity development through training programmes.

Kalenda will be deputised by Esau Omollo who retains his Position as the Senior Deputy Chief Conservator of Forests.

Esau Omollo has been appointed as Senior Deputy Chief Conservator of Forests.

Charity Munyasia - Deputy Chief Conservator of Forests.
Patrick Kariuki- Deputy Chief Conservator Farm and Drylands.
Alexander Lemarkoko - Acting Head of Administration and HR. Lemarkoko had been the Commandant serving as Deputy Chief Conservator of Forests in charge of Forests Protection and Security.
Wilson Oleleeboo - Acting Commandant/Head of Forests Protection and Security.
Anastasia Muasya - Acting Head of Finance,

replacing Patrick Nyaka amid investigations.

John Mburu - Head of procuremen /Head of Supply Chain, replacing Victor Kobia amid investigations.
Ezekiel Korir – Acting Head of Plantation and Enterprise Division, replacing Simiyu Wasike amid investigations.
Josephat Ingaji - Acting Manager Corporate Services
Lucy Kiboi -

Acting Senior Manager Support Services

Mary Mwai - cting Head of Conservation Eastern.
Fred Ogombe - Head of Conservation Mau.
Samuel Ihure –

Head of Conservation

Central Highland Conservancy.

Laura Yego - Acting Corporation Secretary, replacing Esther Keige who has been sent on compulsory leave.
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Kinyua noted the service is committed to ensuring Kenya achieves a forest cover of more than 15 per cent by the year 2022.

He said this can be done by planting 170 million trees in the next five year.

"These changes are necessary for the sector to run smoothly,” he said. "The board will remain steadfast in supporting the management team to deliver against their mandate with renewed energy.”

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