Kenya: The Kenya Forest Service Board Chairman, Job Chirchir, has today, at the Service’s headquarters, witnessed the handing over of leadership to the Acting Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF) Alex Lemarkoko. Lemarkoko takes over from the outgoing CCF Julius Kamau, whose four-year term has come to an end.
In the ceremony that was attended by members of the senior management, the KFS chairman thanked Kamau for his Service, lauding him for electing to exit and pursue other ventures. He said that sound leadership requires one to know when to exit.
The Chairman congratulated Lemarkoko on his appointment in an acting capacity, noting that he is confident that Lemarkoko is able to guide the Service into the future.
The Ag. CCF thanked the Chairman and the Board for giving him a chance to serve in the Ag. CCF’s role and expressed confidence that the Service has the capacity to spearhead the achievement of the Presidential directive to attain 30% tree cover by the year 2032.
He also thanked Kamau for his Service to KFS. He said that he will, together with staff, advance KFS’s successes, and learn from previous lessons.
Minister Lemarkoko, a career forester, has a wealth of experience spanning over 30 years, serving in both forest management and protection in various capacities, from an Assistant Conservator role to his most recent, the Senior Deputy Chief Conservator of Forests responsible for Forest Protection and Security.
Kamau expressed appreciation to the Board and KFS community for the four years of Service. He noted that the Service had achieved a number of milestones due to cooperation among staff at all levels. He urged the KFS community to continue working together in order to effectively serve the people of Kenya.
Residents of Kenya are happy with its initiative and wish them the very best ahead. I look forward to seeing you steer others to greater heights. Congratulations, Mr Julius Kamau.