Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei has said proper consultations should be done on the planned Mau eviction.
The senator, who chairs the Senate’s Committee on Justice, Legal Affairs and Human Rights, said due process should be followed to determine whether the 60,000 families were in the complex legally or not.
“A court of law should determine if the families were in Mau complex legally or not. The Government has been aware of their presence for long. Why should evictions come now?” posed Cherargei.
He added: “As leaders from the region, we will not allow evictions without proper consultations. Due procedures should be followed and families be accorded dignity as provided for in the constitution.”
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He said the settlers have equal rights like other Kenyans and if they are to be evicted, the process should be humane and all the people affected should be fully compensated.
The senator made the remarks at Kilibwoni Primary School during a funds drive for a local football club on Saturday.
It came even as Environment Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko maintained the eviction would go on as planned.
“I have met with the security team on the restoration of the Mau Forest. Mau must be restored and it is not negotiable. It is either now or never,” said the CS after a meeting with Narok County Security Committee at the county commissioner’s office.