You have 60 days to leave Mau voluntarily, State tells 10,000 affected people

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Over 10,000 people in the Mau forest have been given 60 days to voluntarily vacate the area or be evicted.
The government has also established a task-force to oversee the second phase of the Mau eviction.
The 10-member team will be chaired by Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya and comprises of members from the Kenya Forest Service, KWS and Ministry of Environment.
The members include Joel Kitilu (Environment Ministry official), Marcus Ocholla (Rift Valley Regional Commander) and Samuel Kimiti (Narok County Commissioner).
Natembeya said the team will ensure that the exercise is done humanely without harassment.
“We will ensure that we conduct the operation in a way no one will feel harassed,” said Natembeya.
Politicians from Rift Valley have however opposed the eviction saying it will affect many Kenyans.
The leaders led by Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and former Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto held a day-long meeting in Nakuru seeking to have the evictions suspended.
“We are assuring our people of this…the people in Mau are not in encroached land,” said former Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto.
Natembeya, however, told politicians to join them in conserving the water tower and stop giving those affected false hopes.
“Our political leaders should stop giving their people false hope,” said Natembeya.

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