The National Forest Authority yesterday flagged off 46 Yamaha DT Motorcycles, two land cruisers and two Toyota Hilux pickups that were worth 1.6 billion shillings, which are hoped to help solve the challenge of inadequate transport to effectively patrol central forest reserves.
Tom Okello the Executive Director NFA says the authority has long suffered the challenge in fighting illegal activities partly because of inadequate transport to effectively patrol central forest reserves and also respond to emergencies while securing boundary lines.
While addressing the media, Okello said NFA officers will now be able to get to the trouble spots in time.
“Investing in strong machines which are suitable for rough forest terrains is a wise decision we took, that will help supplement the old fleet that is being used at the moment”.
Okello also urged the NFA staff to use the new vehicles well and warned that misuse will not be tolerated.
Currently the National Forest Authority manages 506 central forest reserves across the country.