KNA Chief Conservator of Forests, Julius Kamau, has said that Ndaragwa residents will have to wait longer for the expansion of their township, as the demand for more land intensifies in the Nyandarua town.
Mr. Kamau said that 10 hectares had been de-gazetted, with the rest of the 55 hectares already occupied, under de-gazettement process.
“It’s a process that involves the entire government and if the need assessment is done and de-gazetting is approved then so be it. But the law must be followed, development and conservation of the environment should go hand in hand,” added Kamau.
The Conservator, who inspected the fencing of sections of Ndaragwa Forest to allow for regeneration, said the back did not stop at the Kenya Forest Service and involved a series of approvals, including by parliament.
Kamau challenged the residents, who depended on the forest for livelihood and conducive environment, to green the township to avert pollution.
Ndaragwa town located in Nyandarua North Sub-county, along Nyahururu-Nyeri highway, currently sits on 38.47 acres, with the County Government and local leaders pressing for an additional 300 acres.
The recent move of the administrative offices from Nyahururu town in Laikipia County to the township has raised demand for land with the Deputy Country Commissioner’s Office block sitting on forest land.
Police housing units and other National Government offices too are constructed on depleted forest land.