EVEN 'BIG FISH'

Spare no one in Mau Forest if evictions are not political

Parties involved seem to be working for the interest of a few people in government

In Summary

• A few people have presented titles of their land to Narok county commissioner, leaving 20,000 acres in the hands of developers. 

• Private developers still in Mau are not immune to government. 

A Kenya Forest Service officer looks at the massive destruction of the Maasai Mau Forest in Kosian Narok South subcounty
UNBIASED EVICTIONS: A Kenya Forest Service officer looks at the massive destruction of the Maasai Mau Forest in Kosian Narok South subcounty
Image: KIPLAGATA KIRUI

The drama surrounding Mau evictions is a political showdown. The parties involved in this exercise seem to stand for the interest of certain powers within the government.

Environment CS Keriako Tobiko has promised to evict the ‘big fish’ owning acres of land in the vast Mau Forest. Only 40 title deeds (5,000 acres) have been surrendered to Narok county leaving 20,000 hectares under the ownership of private developers.

Poor Kenyans suffer eviction threats while prominent persons in subsequent regimes continue enjoying state protection.

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