State hands Kikuyu elders100-acre shrine in Mt Kenya forest

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Share      [Source: Daily Nation, by Gakuu Mathenge and Joseph Wangui] Kikuyu elders have finally acquired a shrine inside Mt Kenya forest after 56 years of waiting and frustrations by successive governments. On Saturday, the 100-acre shrine was handed over to the 12 Kikuyu community high priests by Environment Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko. The high priests led…


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State repossesses 11-acre plot in Karura forest (Nairobi)

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Share      [Source: Daily Nation, by Brian Wasuna] On December 30, 2002, an 11-acre plot in Karura forest was transferred to York Worldwide Holdings, which is now staring at a reported Sh1.3 billion loss following a court ruling that gave a legal nod to the government’s bid to repossess the prime property. York Worldwide Holdings sued the…


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State gives squatters one month to agree on how to share Sh12 billion land (Kiambu County)

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Share      [Source: The Standard, by Kamau Maichuhie] The Government has given four groups of squatters a month to agree on how to share a Sh12 billion land. The National Land Commission (NLC) and National Assembly’s Land Committee recommended that the 419 acres be given to the more than 1,500 squatters, but they disagreed on how to share…


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Small Yaaku tribe wants to be made forest custodian (Laikipia County)

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Share      [Source: The Standard, by Jacinta Mutura] Members of a near-extinct indigenous community want the Government to recognise them as legal owners of Mukogodo Forest in Laikipia North. The Yaaku community members want Mukogodo to be handed back to them through a degazettement as a public forest and instead be registered under a Yaaku forest title.…


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Nyandarua County eyes Ndaragwa Forest for town expansion

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Share      [Source: Business Daily, by Waikwa Maina] Nyandarua leaders want the national Government to hasten degazettement of a section of Ndaragwa Forest to pave the way for urban expansion. A motion by Ndaragua Central ward representative to have the 320-acre section of forest was approved by the Nyandarua Assembly in September last year and a petition…


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Over 4,500 acres of Mau Forest recovered, says official

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Share      [Source: The Standard, by Robert Kiplagat] More than 4,500 acres of Maasai Mau forest have been reclaimed by the Government since the ban on charcoal burning and logging was issued last year. Kenya Forest Service (KFS) said the recovered land in Kosia, Nkoben and parts of Nkareta has been regenerating over the past one year,…


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President pledges to achieve over 10pc forest cover in the next three years

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Share      [Source: Daily Nation, by Brian Wasuna] Kenya Thursday made a pledge to achieve at least 10 per cent forest cover in the next three years, even as the country struggles with fresh cases of settling in woodlands. While opening the third annual One Planet Summit, President Uhuru Kenyatta made the vow while also indicating his…


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KFS backs out of land deal for dams project (Elgeyo Marakwet County)

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Share      [Source: Business Daily, by Barnabas Bii] The Kenya Forest Service (KFS) will not surrender 400 hectares of forest land, dealing a major blow to the implementation of the controversy-riddled Sh63 billion multi-purpose dams in Elgeyo Marakwet County. The State agency pulled out of the land exchange programme for the Arror and Kimwarer dams multipurpose project…


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