Kenya Forest Service denies land grabbing allegations

A section of Oloolua Forest in Kajiado County. [James Mwangi, Standard]

The Kenya Forest Service (KFS) has refuted claims that a portion of the Oloolua Forest in Kajiado County has been encroached upon.

In a statement on X, KFS clarified that no individual had been allocated land within the forest.

The allegations, which originated from a group of politicians from the county, led to protests among the local community.

The politicians claimed that about 50 acres of the forest in Karen/Ngong were in the process of being grabbed.

 “Following public concerns regarding the alleged grabbing of a parcel of Oloolua Forest in Kajiado County, L.R no. 23269, Kenya Forest Service seeks to make a clarification on the matter. The portion of land in question is currently occupied by four government agencies. There is absolutely no individual who has been allocated land within Oloolua forest,” KFS said.

KFS dismissed the reports as misleading and encouraged anyone with evidence to present it to the nearest police station for investigation.

 “The ownership of the parcel of land remains under the jurisdiction of Kenya Forest Service. Any insinuation to the contrary is misleading and meant to create confusion and dissent among members of the public,” it added.

The Service reaffirmed its commitment to forest conservation, stating, “The Service will ensure Oloolua Forest will continue to be safeguarded as a natural resource for posterity and for the benefit of all.”

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