BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,13TH AUG 2018-Environment Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko has broken the hearts of many families that have been evicted in the ongoing exercise saying there will be no compensation for them.
While appearing before the National Assembly Environment Committee on Monday ,Tobiko warned that the evictees should not expect anything from the government while reiterating commitment to reclaim the forest.
“The illegal settled arrears of Maasai Mau Forest must be reclaimed and restored by removing everyone there whether they have or purport to have title deeds,” said Tobiko.
“The government cannot compensate a fraudulent act, those who gave those title deeds should be held accountable but eviction will continue and no compensation will be granted”.
Tobiko says the forest cover risks being depleted if the government fails to carry out the evictions.
“The Maasai Mau Forest is one of the 22 blocks in the country and it is the most degraded forest and I can assure you that if a serious action is not taken, that water tower will be lost,” he outlined.
The CS further told members of the Kareke Mbiuki-led committee (MP, Maara)the the second phase of evictions will commence soon with already 4, 000 families evicted from the forest.
Tobiko called on politicians to be very cautious and shun from politicizing the Mau issue saying it is not a matter of two communities and it should have nothing to do with 2022 succession politics.
While engaging the CS, the MPs also sought to know if he is a beneficiary or owns any piece of land in Mau as claimed by some media reports.
“Bwana CS there are allegations that you have properties in Mau Forest, at least that is what we have read on some media reports and on social media. Could you please tell us your stand on this issue,” Ijara MP Sophia Noor asked.
The CS further refuted claims and termed them as hot air.
“I do not own, have never owned, applied or requested for any land in Mau or anywhere in Narok County,” he said.