Ruto orders 23 Kenya Forest offocials be immediately fired and taken to court over allegations of corruption.
President William Ruto has ordered the immediate firing of 23 Kenya Forest Service (KFS) officials over corruption allegations.
Ruto while speaking at the graduation ceremony for KFS graduates in Gilgil, Nakuru County stated that certain officials had engaged in fraudulent activities that resulted in the destruction of forests .
He further ordered that those responsible be prosecuted for their improper actions.
The president also instructed the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to complete its investigations on the 23 and other officers accused of corrupt dealings at the agency.
“I have instructed the KFS board that all those engaged in corruption be fired and be taken to court. We have already found 23 forest managers and rangers.
“Those who have led to the destruction of forests be removed from the government. From tomorrow I do not want them to be in government payroll. These are people who are saboteurs,” he ordered.
On the other hand, he also directed the Ministry of Environment under CS Soipan Tuya to carry out reforms in the agency which he noted was key to the implementation of climate change programmes.
“There must be a thorough cleanup in KFS. I have instructed the Ministry that the tragedy that had become of KFS, must come to an end.
“We are going to take all necessary steps to protect our environment and ensure that good officers have an opportunity to serve our country with integrity,” Ruto stated.
The President also warned that he would deal with companies and individuals who were planning on making profits from illegal logging.
He maintained that his government was keen on planting 15 billion trees adding that the new KFS recruits will help in the exercise.