Article: Evictions best way to save Mau Forest – Mercy Njane

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Share      [Source: Daily Nation, by Mercy Njane] Forest evictions bring about mixed reactions. Some people tend to look at the eviction from one angle, of the social wellbeing of those being evicted, and ignore the ecological benefits it will bring in the future. In Kenya, conservation matters have more often than not been overlooked. Forests are…


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Powerful politicians using locals as ‘human shields’ to fight Mau evictions – Narok Senator

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Share      [Source: The Standard, by Wainaina Wambu] Powerful politicians are using poor locals as “human shields” in order to protect their commercial interests in the Mau complex, a senator has claimed. Narok Senator Ledama ole Kina said senior Government officials from previous regimes hived off parts of the Mau for tea plantations and illegal activities such…


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15 Mau eviction schools denied registration on land papers

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Share      [Source: Business Daily, by Samwel Owino] The 15 schools located in sections of the Maasai Mau forest targeted for eviction were denied registration by the Ministry of Education due to failure to show proof of land ownership and employment of qualified teachers. A letter by the Narok County director of education indicates that the schools…


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Government officials who sold Mau land to be arrested – Environment CS

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Share      [Source: The Standard, by Moses Nyamori] Senior Government officials, politicians and ranch owners who hived off land in Mau Forest and sold it to locals now face arrest and prosecution. Environment Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko yesterday revealed that Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) boss George Kinoti had completed investigations into the encroachment of about 14,000…


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Eyes on AG as Tobiko rules out Mau payout

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Share      [Source: Business Daily, by Lynet Igadwah] Environment Cabinet Secretary (CS) Keriako Tobiko has stood his ground that there will be no compensation for holders of title deeds at Maasai Mau even as MPs hint at plans to seek Attorney-General’s guidance. Mr Tobiko caused a storm in Parliament Tuesday when he declared that 716 title deeds…


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Ogiek demand resettlement in Mau as ruled by African court

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Share      [Source: Daily Nation, by Eric Matara] Hopes by members of the Ogiek community of returning to their ancestral land in the Mau Forest complex have been thrown into limbo amid fresh evictions from the water tower. The implementation of a landmark judgement, delivered on May 26, 2017 by the Arusha-based African Court on Human and…


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Leaders call for humane evictions in the Mau

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Share      [Source: The Standard, by Audrey Ng’eny and Edward Kosut] North Rift leaders have urged the Government to vet people living in the Mau before evicting them. Elgeyo Marakwet Governor Alex Tolgos and MPs Oscar Sudi (Kapseret) and Swarrup Mishra (Kesses) also asked the State to protect school-going children. Speaking yesterday in Elgeyo Marakwet County, Mr…


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Senate summons Tobiko over 60-day Mau notice

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Share      [Source: Business Daily, by Edwin Mutai] The Senate has summoned Environment Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko over the planned eviction of over 60,000 families in the Maasai Mau forest. The Senate’s Justice and Human Rights Committee wants Mr Tobiko, the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) management and its board to justify a 60-day ultimatum issued for residents…


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