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21st Pass out Parade takes place

By Michael Muratha

 

Forests are a critical resource to our lives since they provide many goods and services that we enjoy on a daily basis. It is therefore important that they are well protected and conserved even for future generations to come. In line with the Service recently recruited 83 Forester trainees who passed out in a colorful ceremony held at the Kenya Forestry College. The ceremony also saw the first ever KFS marching band pass out which is comprised of 60 men and women. 

The event was graced by various dignitaries including Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Prof. Judi Wakhungu, Principal Secretary State Department of Natural Resources Dr. Margaret Mwakima, KFS Board Chairman Peter Kinyua, Chief Conservator of Forests Emilio Mugo among other Senior KFS and Government officials.

The Forester Trainees passing out had undergone a three months rigorous training exercise whereby they were equipped with various skills. Among the skills include; Drills, Skills at arms, Tactics and field craft, Investigation, Prosecution; basic intelligence, Introduction to criminal law, Forest Conservation and Management Act 2016, Overview of the constitution 2010, Terrorism and counter terrorism among others. 

Speaking during the ceremony KFS Board Chairman Peter Kinyua reassured the staff of the board`s commitment to provide an enabling environment to ensure accomplishment of the KFS mandate. He further noted that the Service had sufficient capacity to foster further collaborative partnerships with stakeholders as the country aspires to achieve and maintain 10% forest cover. 

Addressing the same gathering Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Prof. Judi Wakhungu reaffirmed the Ministry`s commitment to continue supporting the Service in the conservation work and ensuring adequate manpower, equipment and other resources required to fulfill KFS mandate. She also congratulated the trainees and the marching band for taking up the responsibilities. 

 

The KFS marching band which is the first will now be called upon to perform various roles including; performing in passing out parades, shows and trade fairs among other major events.

 

CS Environmnet and Natural Resources Prof. Judi Wakhungu inspects a guard of honour during the pass out

 

 

The Forester Trainees march during the pass out.

 

 

The KFS marching band.

 

 

Chief Conservator of Forests Emilio Mugo addressing the gathering.

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