Over 2,000 left jobless as State suspends operations at Nyayo tea zone
SEE ALSO :Leaders' plea to Raila on Mau evictionThe KFS official also accused Nyayo Tea Zone of cutting down trees in the area to make way for the tea plantations that cover up to 2,000 acres before an Environmental Impact Assessment was done. According to KFS, the buffer zone was a wildlife corridor and the continued human activity posed a risk to the ecosystem and animal movements. “We have over 2,000 workers who have been eking a living at the tea zone but for the sake of conserving this important water tower, we have to sacrifice them,” he said. Some of the workers at the tea zone expressed their desperation following the eviction. “This place has been my workplace for two years now. I do not know where to go next because we were not even given notice. This is unfair,” said John Kirui.
SEE ALSO :All set for Mau forest evictionsAt the same time, County Commissioner George Natembeya has issued a warrant of arrest for officials of five group ranches in the area. The officials are suspected of illegally expanding the ranches and selling the land to unsuspecting buyers. Mr Natembeya said a report indicated that group ranches such as Sisiyan expanded from 447.5 hectares to 1,215.6 hectares, Nkaroni from 1,597.5 hectares to 5,582.5 hectares and Enoosokon from 155 hectares to 663 hectares. Also expanded was Enakisomi from 1,748.5 hectares to 9,748 and Reiyo from 26 hectares to 878 hectares.
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