CS Tobiko lists 1,029 names behind Mau forest mess
SEE ALSO :Ruto’s plea over Mau deadlineThe illegal division and sale of forest land by well-connected individuals started as early as 1981 and continued until 2009 under the watch of successive governments. Sale agreements The individuals colluded with senior State officials and pocketed billions of shillings from buyers in exchange for sale agreements and title deeds that have been declared illegal and invalid by the Government. Some of the people listed in a document tabled in Parliament by the Environment ministry are directors of registered ranches who acquired hectares of land in the forest. Olechukiche Group is listed as having 767 hectares of land in the forest, Kitilai ole Ntutu (580 hectares), Lekishon Chepukel and Olonana K (202 hectares), Kitilai ole Ntutu-listed twice (142 hectares) and Lolkeri ole Kiok (88 hectares).
SEE ALSO :Kicked out of Mau forest into a campOthers are Evan Makori and Leonard Ogeto (81 hectares), Tunai ole Lumulee (73 hectares), Rikana ole Setek (70 hecatres), Lolkeri ole Kiok-listed twice (62 hectares) and Leonard Lemotowuan (62 hectares). For buyers, Christmas had come early. William Kilele bought 0.1 acres for Sh4,000 in 2004 while Richard Kipkosgei acquired 0.125 acres for the same amount in 2007. Paul Maina parted with a goat and acquired 0.5 acres in 2004 while Torongoi Kilele was gifted the same acreage. Environment Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko said the encroachers should be made to pay restoration costs.
SEE ALSO :State: No extension of Mau exit noticeHe continued: “The ballooning into the forest would not have occurred without the participation of ranch and Government officials. The fact that the documents were signed by Government officials does not make an illegal document legal.” Tobiko described those involved in the encroachment as “big fish”, stating that they were the same people behind the push to compensate the affected families. The Cabinet Secretary also advised individuals who purchased land in the forest to provide particulars of the individuals who sold them the land for legal action to be taken. Tobiko said there is no turning back on the evictions that will, however, be done over three months to allow candidates in 15 schools within the forest sit their national exams.
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