Maathai Warns State On Forest
African Standard (Nairobi)
Assistant minister Prof Wangari Maathai has called on the Government to stop
settling people in forests.
although she was in the Government, she was opposed to the decision ,but had
no authority to stop the move.
personally opposed to the issue of settling people in the forest. If I had
powers, nobody would be allowed to settle in forests. But, unfortunately, I'm
powerless," she said.
Wamagana Hall in her Tetu constituency on Monday, the Nobel Peace Laureate
vowed to continue agitating for conservation of forests.
She singled out
the Mau Forest where the Government recently allowed evictees to resettle.
there was need to conserve the remaining forest cover from further
exploitation to avoid future catastrophe.
She said her
ministry had advised the Government, with assistance from donors, to buy land
for resettling those encroaching into forestland countrywide.
go on eating into our forests and yet we are complaining of water shortage.
The Government must conserve the remaining forests," said Maathai.
Maathai has faulted the current laws on drug abuse, saying they favour
traffickers and users.
country has become a conduit of all sort of drugs and this is the time to
reverse the trend if we want to save future generations," said Maathai.