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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Kirisia Forest squatters leave voluntarily to allow restoration (Samburu County)

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Share      [Source: Daily Nation, by Geoffrey Ondieki] More than 5,000 people, who had encroached on and illegally settled in Kirisia Forest in Samburu County, have voluntarily moved out. The Kenya Forest Service (KFS) and the Community Forest Association (CFA) have been sensitising the squatters and adjacent communities on the importance of conserving the forest, which covers…


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Over 1000 families feud over Marmanet forest evictions (Laikipia County)

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Share      [Source: The Standard, by Julius Chepkwony] More than 1000 families living in Marmanet forest in Laikipia County have vowed to go to court to block the government’s planned eviction order. The affected families have protested an order by Environment Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko to move out or be evicted forcibly, saying they have valid title deeds issued by the Government.…


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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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