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Njoro MP urges government to stop evictions in Eastern Mau

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By Caroline Chebet | July 13th 2020

Njoro Member of Parliament Charity Kathambi (pictured) has asked the government to stop evictions in Eastern Mau.

The MP said the current evictions in Mau have put over 20,000 families in a humanitarian crisis and a looming disaster when coupled with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Ms Kathambi said the forced removal of families from Eastern Mau will affect parts of Njoro, Molo, Kuresoi North and Kuresoi South sub-counties.

"The current evictions in Mau are posing a big humanitarian crisis. The situation is aggravated by Covid-19 pandemic and ongoing heavy rains," she said.

Kathambi added that although the government had not come out clearly on the boundary issue with court cases still pending, communication from Kenya Forest Service indicates that even hundreds of those outside the cut-line will be forced out.

"It is sad that the State is evicting people from their homes without proper guidelines on the cut-line. The locals do not even know which cut-line the government is talking about," she added.

With thousands of families being targeted in the evictions, she said the affected sub-counties in Nakuru are also starring at food insecurity and homelessness.

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"Odd enough, these areas have State funded facilities including hospitals and schools," she said.

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