Govt to intensify efforts to repossess grabbed forest land

Written By: Hunja Macharia/Stanely Ngotho

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Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko has reiterated his commitment to repossess encroached public forest land Countrywide.

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Speaking in Kajiado central Tobiko said he won’t be swayed by those trying to politicize the initiative saying the Government will not relent in ensuring those who have grabbed forest land are evicted.

He said the Ministry will enhance protection of major water towers country wide, saying after reclaiming part of the controversial Mau forest the annual rainfall has resumed with River Amalo and Mara bursting their banks.

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The resumption of rainfall in has been attributed to Government eviction of Those who had encroached in Samburu Kirisia forest

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Tobiko said water levels in Lake Victoria have risen as well and urged the Maasai Morans to be at the forefront in conserving the environment.

He also called for concerted efforts in the war against illegal logging and charcoal burning saying forests must be protected.

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The CS emphasized on the need for afforestation saying the Country must increase forest cover by 20 percent by 2030.

Maa leaders led by former Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Alex Magelo said they will support the Government in its efforts to repossess forest land saying those living in the said pieces of land should vacate immediately.

This even as Devolution PS Charles Sunkuli urged the Maa Counties to set aside Ksh 50M annually to promote and preserve the Maasai culture.

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Speaking while attending the ongoing Maasai moran Oleng’sherr ceremony that will see 3,000 Moran’s graduate to young elders, Sunkuli said devolved units have responsibility to preserve the culture.

CS Tobiko said the rich  Maasai culture remains endangered with unscrupulous individuals exploiting it for monetary gains.

He urged the County Government to develop policies to safeguard the culture that is perceived as a National heritage


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