State to prepare for second phase of the Mau forest evictions
SEE ALSO :Ruto’s plea over Mau deadline“We are ready for the second phase of the eviction. We have deployed sufficient personnel on the ground to carry out the eviction,” he said. Natembeya was, however, quick to clarify that the number of people to be affected in the evictions is "only 10,000 and not 60,000 as earlier claimed". Five ranches, which are believed to have been extended, are targeted for reclamation to restore the water tower that affects the lives of about 10 million people. The phase one of the evictions that saw 10,000 illegal settlers evicted was centred in Reiya group ranch. The second phase has Nkoben, Ilmotiok and Ololunga on the radar. The others are Enokishomi,Enoosokon,Nkaroni and Sisian.
SEE ALSO :Kicked out of Mau forest into a campSome Rift Valley leaders have vehemently opposed the impending evictions, saying if sanctioned, some 8,000 school going children, including 1,000 candidates set to sit their national exams at the end of the year, will suffer. On July 25, Tobiko announced the plans to evict people from the forest, sparking off a heated debate among Rift Valley leaders. The leaders met former Prime Minister Raila Odinga in Nairobi a week ago, and held consultations with Baringo Senator Gideon Moi in Nakuru last Sunday. They said they want the evictions stopped. The leaders led by former Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto want the Government to consider compensation for the affected families before the evictions.
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