Saw millers want government to refund their money back

Saw Millers from Mt Kenya have appealed to the directorate of criminal investigations and office of the director of public prosecution to probe and ensure they receive a refund of over sh300 million they had deposited to Kenya Forest Service (KFS) to purchase mature trees in government forests before a ban on logging was imposed.
The tussle between Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko’s environment and forestry ministry and the saw millers has taken a new twist after the latter trashed a statement issued by KFS indicating that it doesn’t owe them any money. KFS, in a statement sent to newsrooms last week, said the saw millers are the ones who have a debt of sh1 billion.
But speaking to the media in Nanyuki Town, the irate saw millers from Laikipia, Nyeri and Meru adduced receipts and other documents stipulating that they had paid full charges to the state agency.
They called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to direct DPP Noordin Haji and DCI George Kinoti to probe the agency and recover the cash they had deposited.
The group claimed they deposited the money close to years ago to buy the trees aged 33 years before CS Tobiko recently extended the moratorium on forest logging for another year.