Confrontations as Tobiko vexes Rift MPs on Mau pay rejection
SEE ALSO :Cabinet not divided at all, say CSsA group of mainly Rift Valley MPs led by Hilary Kosgei (Kipkelion West) differed sharply with Tobiko, arguing there was no way he could declare documents issued by the Government fake. Mere papers "You cannot call title deeds issued by the same government you serve as mere papers. These documents were issued by the Lands office in Narok,” said Mr Kosgei before he was censured by committee chairman Kareke Mbiuki. "You are out of order, Hon Kosgei. With all due respect, let us give an opportunity to the Cabinet secretary to make his points no matter the position he takes. You will have an opportunity to interrogate him later,” said Mr Mbiuki. Tobiko continued with his submission, terming the forest encroachment an "ecological catastrophe" before adding that the key water water tower had been degraded through illegal settlements, encroachment, logging and charcoal burning.
SEE ALSO :State trains guns on 40,000 Mau settlersSecond phase He insisted that nothing would stop the Government from flushing out those who had encroached on the forest, saying the second phase of evictions would begin soon. The CS told the MPs that 716 individuals purported to have title deeds, 4,439 others claimed they had other documents such as letters of allotment, while 2,741 individuals had no documents. "Compensation presupposes the validity of the title deed. As a CS and a lawyer, I will find it very difficult to defend the expenditure of public funds to pay off individuals who hold illegal title deeds," he said. "If we decide to go that way, all those people who have constructed structures on riparian land and even those who have encroached on the Indian Ocean land will demand compensation. We will be opening up a Pandora’s box."
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