By Osinde Obare
The Government is set to recover more than 50,000 acres of forest land that has allegedly been encroached by 12,000 families in Pokot County.
A team of surveyors erected beacons at the expansive Lelan Forest causing panic among residents.
The team completed work last week after spending a month to determine boundaries of the forest, which Kenya Forest Service (KFS) claims residents have illegally settled on it.
But residents denied the claims and said they settled on the land legally after a survey conducted in 1990 by the Government showed that the forestland was intact.
Pokot KFS zonal manager Gabriel Kariuki confirmed that survey work has been conducted to establish the boundaries of the forest.
"It is true the team has been on the ground for the last couple of days to search and erect beacons on the boundaries of the forest
before necessary action is taken," said Mr Kariuki.
A former Pyrethrum Board of Kenya director Stephen Yakan, said more than 10,000 acres of land under the crop would be lost if the Government evicts the families.
The affected areas are Tapach, Sondany, Lelan, Mwieno and Cheptalel locations in Pokot South District.
Mr Yakan said the Government conducted a similar survey on the forest in 1990 and did not recommend evictions.
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