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MP wants State to halt eviction plan

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By | October 28th 2009

By Beauttah Omanga

An MP wants the Government to put on hold, planned evictions from Mau and other catchment areas until the national examinations are over.

Kipkelion MP Magerer Langat said it would be inhuman to evict students taking examinations at their current centres.

"The Government should be considerate in its intended plans," pleaded the ODM MP.

He said even though the Government wanted to protect catchment areas, it should stick to agreements reached by Parliament a month ago.

He said it was unfortunate the Government activities seemed to run contrary to a deal reached in Parliament that resolved that those to be evicted be fully compensated.

Another MP Walter Nyambati said he supported demands that families residing in Mau be accorded ample time before eviction.

"The effects of deforestation are too devastating to be ignored but while clearing the forest of human beings, those affected should be compensated," said the Kitutu Masaba MP.

Yesterday Cherangany MP Joshua Kutuny and his Chepalungu counterpart Isaac Ruto said the Government should not target those inside the forest until a plan on their eviction was agreed to avoid tension.

"The Government made a commitment to get alternative parcels where those to be moved out of the Mau were to be settled. That parcel should be made public now before the planned evictions," said Kutuny.

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