Stay put, parents told over shut Mau schools
SEE ALSO :Ruto’s plea over Mau deadlineLed by Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot and Belgut MP Nelson Koech, the leaders said the schools were registered and on the Maasai Mau Trust Land and not the forest as claimed by the State. “The eviction is illegal. We will not allow the evictions to go on because it is discriminatory and inhumane to the people,” Mr Cheruiyot said. At another press conference later, former Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto asked the Government to give leaders of the North Rift region time to discuss the issue of Mau Forest and the looming evictions. Mr Ruto said they were worried that tension over the planned evictions could lead to chaos. “As leaders, we have met and agreed that we will engage in dialogue. And we will not be engaging in name calling, shouting matches and other activities that are likely to raise tension among the people,” he said.
SEE ALSO :Kicked out of Mau forest into a campHe said pupils in the area should be allowed to attend school without any problems. This came after Environment Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko declared the Government would not back down on its decision to evict illegal settlers from Mau. The CS also revealed what he termed massive land fraud in the water tower. He said of 7,800 people who occupy Government land in Maasai Mau forest, only 722 possess title deeds, which the State has declared illegal. Cheruiyot said pupils should not suffer from ‘political experiments’ in Mau forest, adding that the matter should be handled with sobriety.
SEE ALSO :State: No extension of Mau exit noticeThere is also another pending case filed by Kericho Governor Paul Chepkwony at the East African Court of Justice and Environment. The leaders also asked President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto to break their silence over the matter and resolve the issue once and for all. Evicted families Last Wednesday, Natembeya said the schools were illegally built on forest land and were to be demolished as State embarks on the second phase of eviction targeting about 60,000 people in Narok North and South. The Government is seeking to reclaim about 17,000 acres of land in an exercise that has raised political temperatures in the country. The first phase conducted last year led to the eviction of more than 10,000 families. A tour by The Standard discovered that some of the affected families have already started moving out of the water tower. The police have reportedly started evicting families. At the same time, the National Assembly Environment and Natural Resources committee said it will invite Tobiko to Parliament over the eviction. [Michael Chepkwony, Julius Chepkwony, Stephene Mkawale and Nanjinia Wamuswa]
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