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.
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.
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.”