By PETER MUTAI
Bett who is the chairman of the ad hoc committee formed by Prime Minister Raila Odinga to spearhead resettlement said landowners refused to sell their property after the Government undervalued them.
"The Government was subjecting the process to rigorous bureaucracy unlike in the case of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) displaced from their farms by the 2007 post-election violence," he added.
The Bureti MP made the remarks on Saturday while addressing a delegation of leaders and elders from Narok South who visited him at his Kericho home.
Other members of the ad hoc committee include assistant ministers Beatrice Kones (Home Affairs) and Magerer Langat (Energy), Sotik MP Joyce Laboso and former Baringo Central MP and Kanu national vice chairman Gideon Moi.
Bett thanked the President, the premier and the Cabinet for intervening in the matter, saying the more than 5,000 families in makeshift camps by the roadside at the edge of South Western Mau forest have suffered for too long.
In September last year, the Ministry of Lands placed an advert in the local dailies for the purchase of arable land for the resettlement of the families kicked out of the forest to pave way for the rehabilitation of countryâs biggest water tower.
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