MP denies grabbing Ngong Forest land, accuses Environment CS of witch hunt

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Share      [Source: Daily Nation, by Joseph Openda] Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri has hit out at Environment Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko over claims that he grabbed a land that was part of the Ngong Forest. Mr Ngunjiri accused Mr Tobiko of political witch-hunt for putting his name in the list of people who illegally excised land from…


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Residents risk eviction from grabbed Ngong Forest land (Nairobi County)

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Share      [Source: The Standard, by Standard Correspondent] At least 20,000 families in Nairobi’s Lang’ata area risk losing their homes after the State announced plans to seize land it says was grabbed from Ngong Forest. The homeowners are apprehensive after Environment Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko said the government had begun repossessing all land illegally acquired by private…


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Plan to clear 1,500 acres of Menengai Forest sparks uproar (Nakuru County)

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Share      [Source: The Standard, by Caroline Chebet] Residents and conservationists have criticised a decision by the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) to clear more than 1,500 acres of indigenous trees at Menengai forest to accommodate farmers. The forest has since 1930 been considered a buffer zone between Lake Nakuru National Park and a rapidly expanding Nakuru town.…


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Nyandarua County eyes Aberdare Forest to expand town

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Share      [Source: Business Daily, by James Kariuki] Nyandarua County has renewed its bid to hive off 163 acres from Aberdare Forest to expand Ndaragwa township, its dairy market and animal feed manufacturing hub. In its application to the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), Nyandarua County government says it has already presented a new request to the…


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Community vows not to leave forest despite order (Elgeyo Marakwet County)

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Share      [Source: The Standard, by Stephen Rutto and Lynn Kolongei] The Environment and Lands Court in Eldoret has dismissed a suit by the indigenous Sengwer community seeking to stop evictions from Embobut Forest. In a petition filed on March 22, 2013, the community through their lawyer Emily Kimama had argued that if the intended evictions were…


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KFS warns against buying parcels around Ngong Road Forest (Nairobi County)

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Share      [Source: Daily Nation, by Pauline Kairu] The Kenya Forest Service is warning Kenyans not to be duped into buying land within Ngong Road Forest around Sunvalley Lang’ata and surrounding areas without verificaiton. The agency said Kenyans were being swindled of millions of shillings and being sold air, within forest land. “Much of the land that…


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Committee warns against resettling flood victims in forests

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Share      [Source: The Standard, by Titus Too] National Environmental Complaints Committee has cautioned against any attempts to excise existing forest cover, as proposed by some leaders, to resettle families displaced by landslides and floods. The committee said the country is still struggling to attain the required 10 per cent forest cover and interfering with the existing…


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NSSF loses Sh293m in shady land deal done 24 years ago (Nairobi County)

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Share      [Source: Daily Nation, by Joseph Wangui] The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) has lost Sh293 million in a shady land deal carried out 24 years ago by reclusive city billionaire Mike Maina, lawyer Chege Kirundi and government officials. In a protracted court battle that started in 2004, Mr Kirundi and Mr Maina spilt the beans…


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