, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 10 – Cabinet Minister William ole Ntimama on Friday criticised the government over what he termed as a slow system in protecting the ecosystem, especially the Mau complex.
Mr Ntimama said the destruction of the water tower was going on daily despite the concerns that had been raised over the years.
“I have been yelling, screaming, talking and writing articles. That is the best I can do,” he said.
“The Mau complex is so large but I am particularly interested on Southern Mau which is in my constituency (Narok North) and the direct effects and suffering of our own people is being felt right there on the ground,” he added.
The Minister was speaking at an annual luncheon of the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya, where the Chairman Jackson Maingi said Kenyans were the greatest threat to their own environment.
Mr Maingi called for balance between environmental conservation and human interest.
“Government policies, societal values and norms must be positively geared in order to avoid wanton destruction of the environment which would in turn create a negative impact on sustainable environmental management,” he said.
“By destroying the environment, the human race seems headed towards self destruction and this is tragic,” Mr Maingi added.
The Minister on the other hand noted that the Mau complex which is the biggest water tower in East and Central Africa apart from the Congo rain forests has suffered invasion from local communities.
“This has actually been encouraged and facilitated by government officials in Narok and Nairobi, local and national leaders,” he claimed.
Prime Minister Raila Odinga is yet to make public a report by a 21- member Mau taskforce he set up to make recommendations on the conservation of the forest.
The taskforce was set up mid last year to formulate concrete actions of restoring the forest.
It was also expected to develop a time bound implementation plan for conserving the forest including eviction of the people living in the forest.