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Let government solve forest cutline problems, Moi tells Nakuru groups

By Gilbert Kimutai | September 21st 2020 at 18:38:54 GMT +0300

Baringo Senator Gideon Moi with CCM party leader Isaac Ruto and Chepalungu MP Gideon Koskei.

Baringo Senator Gideon Moi has asked communities living in Nakuru’s Nassuet and Mauche areas to calm down and allow a government’s team on the ground to mark the forest cutline.
 
Moi, who was speaking at Tumoi in Chepalungu, said the cutline would bring a lasting solution to the eviction problems.
 
He hailed the government’s team conducting the identification of a cutline in the area, saying they were engaging local leaders and communities in the process.
 
“The ongoing process is only possible in a peaceful environment and I want to urge our people to calm down and allow that process to carry on,” he said.
 
He added: “There is a need to stop the skirmishes because that exercise is only possible in a peaceful atmosphere.”
 
Senator Moi hailed the government for moving with speed and ensuring a cutline was put in place to avert further conflict and evictions.
 
Sharing his sentiments, Chama Cha Mashinani leader Isaac Ruto said there was a need for a lasting solution that will ensure no one is evicted from their homes.
 
Ruto said the evictions had exposed innocent people to suffering and losses, adding that the government should move with speed in sorting out the issue.
 
The former governor said public participation should be conducted in the area so that a permanent cutline is put in place and nobody is displaced from their land.
 
The senator, through consultation with the CCM leader, agreed to front a constitutional change through the Building Bridges Initiative.
 
Ruto said there was a need for a constitutional review in the country to strengthen devolution and enhance representation.
 
Ruto said they will rally the community to embrace the chances that will be brought by the BBI.
 
He said through the changes, counties stand to benefit through better allocations and help spur development.
 
“Kanu and CCM share a lot in common and through the consultations we have had today we have agreed that we are going to push for the amendments to ensure devolution is strengthened through the allocation of enough resources,” he said.
 
At the same time, Ruto reached out to elected leaders to preach peace and avoid the use of foul language that may incite violence.
 
He said freedom of speech should not be used to undermine peace in the county, cautioning Rift Valley legislators against being used to stir hate in the name of politics.
 
They were accompanied by Chepalungu MP Gideon Koskei and Bomet County Assembly leader of minority Andrew Maritim and a host CCM delegates drawn from the entire county.

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