How timber mafia walked away with Uhuru's Sh2 billion

Students from Shunem Girls Secondary School in Lanet Nakuru County plant trees along Nakuru-Nairobi highway, opposite State House, on May 26, 2018 as part of their efforts to conserve the environment. PHOTO | FRANCIS MUREITHI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • The money was meant to finance training of children on tree planting, creation of nurseries in public primary schools.
  • Environment and Forestry CS Keriako Tobiko has forwarded the names of the suspects of fraud, to EACC and a separate report on forensic audit to the Auditor-General.
  • At the heart of the investigation is corruption at the Kenya Forest Service and the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, whose officers became loggers and poachers.
  • At the Elgeyo Forest Station, the government is reported to have lost Sh198 million after KFS staff colluded with sawmillers to underestimate the value of trees under harvest in four plantations.

Detectives have launched investigations into how Sh2 billion allocated to a project launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta to green public schools was stolen in what could turn out to be one of the most expensive tree planting  drives in the country.

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