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Mau Forest Encroachers might miss Census?

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Emurua Dikkir MP Johanna Ngeno viewing a burning house in Mau forest during the first phase of the eviction

  A section of Rift Leaders and locals have raised eyebrows as the sensitive Mau Forest Eviction that has been much hyped and linked to one community is set to be conducted any time from now likely before 2019, Census.

Speaking to the Rift News on Monday, 19, 2019, a Narok MCA said, the displacement has nothing to do with ecosystem conversation but seems to be a preplanned move targeted destabilize electorate and to provoke Deputy President William Ruto after all his lieutenants were taken to court and consequently fired on hearsays despite no justifiable evidence from the prosecution.

“It is not getting us by surprise, that members of one community are being prosecuted while others are being brutally kicked out of their native homes in the name of forest conservation without compensation plan. We are aware of the scheme and its perpetrators but we will not block it. Let them continue if they think that selective brutality is the solution of the country’s problems” he said  

Keriako Tobiko speaking in Narok

The Rift Regional Coordinator George Natembeya, Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina (ODM member) and the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Forestry Keriako Tobiko have announced that everything is set for the second phase of Mau Forest restoration.

To facilitate the process, Tobiko announced the state has revoked 1,200 title deeds that were allegedly acquired through dishonest means and has briefed all the security agents with Kenya Forest Service rangers included on and when the process should begin.

While addressing a press conference in Narok town after a lengthy meeting with the security committee, the former DPP boss said the forest restoration (eviction) will not spare any tribe citing the Agikuyu, Maasai or Kalenjin.

Though he says that the move is not political, some Rift MPs have questioned why Raila Odinga (a politician without a portfolio) has been holding meetings in his Capitol Hill offices to discuss eviction.

Kipkelion West MP Hillary Koskei has been on the forefront amplifying that the move is part of the strategies being laid by DP Ruto’s opponents in their drive to curtail his 2022 presidential bid.

Anti-Kalenjin crusader Ledama Ole Kina recently took to media his stand that the forest intruders are from Kalenjin community and have their homes in Kericho, Bomet or Eldoret.

A Bomet MP told the Rift News that proper investigation on how these people settled in the said areas should be conducted and leaders are updated on the procedure of displacement and aftermath plan to avoid welcoming unwarranted humanitarian crisis.

“Forests all over the country have been intruded and as much as we support its reclamation, children and innocent families should not be subjected to frustrations because human beings are more important than trees,” she said

He added that Tobiko should focus on the whole country and not Narok alone where he is handling evictions with emotions fueled by political pressures and ambitions.

In the past, Ledama had threatened Kalenjins to voluntarily vacate lest his community would organize and kick them out of their ancestral land meant for livestock grazing.

Historically, any leader who champions for forest management and eviction of intruders is overwhelmingly voted during elections and made the community spokesperson.

The United Nations and the 2010 Constitution says that the minimum forest cover should be 10 percent forest cover while the current country’s forest cover is 7 percent.

President Uhuru Kenyatta early this year affirmed that his government is committed to achieve a minimum of 10 percent forest cover by 2022,  adding that his administration has identified forestry as a key sector of investment in the realization of the country’s development agenda and is implementing the national green growth strategy that has set clear restoration targets aimed at achieving the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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