•Gachagua who was speaking during a burial on Saturday said they will re-introduce the Shamba system.
•The outlawed shamba system allows cultivation in forests.
Controversial lawyer Miguna Miguna has disagreed with DP Rigathi Gachagua over the Shamba system.
Gachagua who was speaking during a burial on Saturday said they will re-introduce the Shamba system.
The shamba system allows cultivation in forests.
But speaking after Gachagua declaration, Miguna said Gachagua should restrain from making such remarks.
“Rigathi must avoid these kinds of roadside declarations. Farming in forests is a very bad idea,” he said.
Rigathi said they will soon lift the moratorium imposed on the shamba system in public forests by the Jubilee regime.
He said the order will be effected as soon as a new Environment CS is appointed.
"There was the shamba system where citizens were allowed to cultivate crops as they care for the trees, once the trees mature they move out," Gachagua said.
"The shamba system will return. Just wait a little for us to appoint a new Environment CS," he added.
The Jubilee government imposed a moratorium on logging in public and community forests in 2018, drawing criticism from saw-millers and surrounding communities.
The moratorium which was effected on the strength of recommendations by a task force was meant to counter years of deforestation that had drastically reduced the country’s forest cover.
It also brought to an end farming activities in forested areas best known as the shamba system.