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World Bank wants evictions investigated

17 February 2014, 12:41

Nairobi - The World Bank Group has urged the government to investigate claims of illegality in the process of evicting people from Embobut forest and Cherangany hills.

The financial institution asked the government to “thoroughly” investigate claims made by civil society including the affected communities that the evictions were not following the legal process.

“The World Bank is not involved in the reported evictions, nor has the Bank financed or supported these actions. Nevertheless, we are not bystanders,” said a statement from the Group’s President, Jim Yong Kim.

The Embobut evictions have been carried out since early January and the occupants of the watershed had been reimbursed by the government and given time to leave the forest and buy land elsewhere.

Politicians from the region have however objected to houses being torched by police saying that it was inappropriate for force to be used since the residents had not refused to leave.

The World Bank statement went on to add that it worked closely with the Government of Kenya to support its efforts to improve the lives of all Kenyans and would intensify discussions with all parties involved, including the Government and civil society.

The World Bank has been consistent in admonishing the government over the plight of the Embobut evictions, having issued another press statement two weeks ago distancing itself from funding the government’s efforts to secure the watershed.

– CAJ News

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