Leaders say Mau settlers occupy county trust land
SEE ALSO :Rift Valley leaders seek talks over MauThe phase one evictions targeted 10,000 illegal settlers in Reiya Group Ranch. Engage in activism Speaking after a seven-hour closed door meeting at Sarova Woodlands Hotel in Nakuru, Mr Murkomen, who is also the Elgeyo Marakwet Senator, said: “It is a trust land managed by the county government of Narok. In fact, we have reports that the planned evictions were meant to target a certain community in the trust land.” The senator said they convened the meeting after Environment Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko declared that plans for the second phase of the Mau forest eviction were in progress. “We are responsible leaders and part and parcel of this government. We have been looking forward to meet Mr Tobiko. We have been waiting for him to accept our request for an appointment only to receive news from the media that the government is planning an eviction in Mau,” he said. Murkomen, however, revealed that the CS has given them an appointment on Tuesday to discuss the issue.
SEE ALSO :All set for Mau forest evictions“We are peace loving Kenyans, we are the contributors and makers of the government of the day. Many people expected us to engage in activism but that would be irresponsible of us as leaders because we are part of the solution. We want to share the idea we have for the government and minister to appreciate the issue we are dealing with,” the senator said. The meeting by the leaders who included governors, senators, MPs, Woman Reps, MCAs and former Cabinet ministers came after the multi-sectoral task force set up to review forestry management said it was ready for the second phase of the evictions. Leaders at the meeting were Governors Paul Chepkwony (Kericho), Hilary Barchok (Bomet), Chama Cha Mashinani Party leader Isaac Ruto and Senator Aaron Cheruiyot. MPs in attendance were Beatrice Kones (Bomet East), Nelson Koech (Belgut), Hillary Kosgei (Kipkelion West), Joseph Limo (Kipkelion East), Julius Melly (Tinderet), Caleb Kositany (Soi), Liza Chelule (Nakuru Woman MP) and Kericho Woman Rep Florence Bore. Other MPs present were Nelson Koech (Belgut), Joseph Tonui (Kuresoi South), Janet Sitienei (Turbo), Sylvanus Maritim (Ainamoi MP) and Sotik’s Dominick Koskei. Franklin Bett, chairman of the Agricultural Finance Corporation, also attended.
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