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Focus shifts to powerful in Mau evictions



A section of the Mau Forest. FILE PHOTO | NMG
A section of the Mau Forest. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Pressure is mounting on state agencies to arrest powerful individuals who acquired Mau Forest land and sold it to unsuspecting Kenyans facing forceful evictions in the country’s largest water tower.

Days after the eviction targeting 600 households started, focus has now shifted to rich, powerful individuals who excised huge chunks of land.

The Maasai Council of Elders, yesterday called for the naming, and punishment of beneficiaries of forest land.

The Rift Valley Council of Elders through its patron Gilbert Kabage and the Ogiek Council of Elders through its chairman Joseph Towett also made similar demands.

“These people’s names are in the Hansard taken from the Prime Minister Taskforce report, and they should be exposed. The government knows them,” said Mr Joseph Ole Karia, a former member of the Mau Forest taskforce committee.

A report tabled in Parliament in 2009, named Ololarusi Investment Farm (4,001ha), former councilor Korema Ole Surum (2,988ha), Mr Francis Lemiso Kipturkut (2,653ha) and IIngina Contractors (1,295ha) as beneficiaries of the Maasai Mau Forest.

Over 2,000 people from 333 households have already been kicked out of the expansive Maasai Mau forest, part of the Mau Forest complex that also comprises of Transmara, Ol Posimoru, Eastern Mau, Mau Narok, South West Mau, Western Mau, Mt Londiani, Eburru, Molo and South Molo forests.

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