The war on terror took on a new twist after a forest in Lamu came under harsh criticism Â by the Inspector General of the Police David Kimaiyo for providing green haven for terrorists.
Boni Forest, revealed Kimaiyo, is now among several ‘objects’ under police radar. Kimaiyo revealed in a tweet yesterday that the forest would be cleared and all trees, old and young, cut done in accordance with law in an operation to be known as (it seems) Operation Kata Miti Pata Terrorists.
Kenya Today attempts to reach the ministry of Environment, UNEP and other conservation agencies did not bear much fruit as most offices had been locked by yesterday evening.
However, this new development will no doubt offend the sensitivities of environmentalists who have spent decades conserving Kenya’s natural forests.
Diplomatically, Kenya may be sending a strong message to UNEP that their forests are aiding terrorists.
From this author’s perspective, this operation Kata Miti is very discriminatory as the trees had not been given prior warning to hand over their guns.
Other objects which have come under close scrutiny includes tinted windows, the opposition CORD and Luos.