Narok Commissioner warns evictees against encroaching Mau forest
11 March 2016, 15:40
Narok - Narok County Commissioner Moffat Kangi yesterday warned Mau forest evictees against encroaching forest land.
Kangi said that the government will not allowed further land transactions, putting up of new structures or gazing animals in the region.
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He was responding to questions asked by evictees after touring at Kipchoge area in Narok South Sub County on Thursday.
Kangi said those flouting the order will be arrested and prosecuted.
“The status quo as agreed by the government should be maintained all the time until the forest fully recovers from the destruction,” said Kangi.
The locals through their spokesman Joseph Towett complained that the government had taken a long time to address their plight forcing them to live in abject poverty.
“We do not know what will happen to us. We are living like wild animals with no one caring to tell us something that will change our lives since we were evicted in 2009,”said Towett.
The administrator reiterated on the need to protect the Mau water tower which is the biggest in East Africa region.
He however called on the locals to exercise patience as the government looks for a lasting solution to their grievances.
On his part, Narok County KFS Ecosystem Conservator John Mburu said that the 7,000 acres of the forest that had been encroached by the settlers should be protected till the natural growth takes place.
“We have our KFS officers on the ground and whoever enters the forest illegally will be arrested. We are therefore calling on the locals to form Community Forest Associations (CFAs) and work with us to rehabilitate this important catchment area,” said Mburu.
He said that the Nyayo Tea zones who are establishing g a buffer zone between the gazetted forest and the mainland have already began their activities saying that the same will create job opportunities for the youth.
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