Narok politician surrenders Mau forest land title deeds

A prominent politician in Narok County has surrendered two title deeds for land located within the Mau forest.

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Handing over the 100-acre land title to Narok County commissioner George Natembeya, former councilor Kurima ole serum disclosed he made the decision following a directive by government seeking to audit land titles in the area.

Natembeya called on other persons who own land in the Mau to volunteer their ownership documents for verification maintaining evictions within the forest will not stop.

Former politician, who once served as a ward representative handed over his title deed, with a view to receive compensation from government in the event his documents are genuine.

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Serum disclosed that a majority of politicians benefited from land allocated to them in the Mau.

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While commending the former councilor for volunteering his titles, Natembeya who is leading the operation to evict illegal settlers said the operation will continue.

He however warned that the government will not yield to pressure to abort the mission to rid the forest of illegal dwellers.

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The ongoing evictions have sparked controversy amid calls for compensation and allegations of politics in the evictions.

Kerio Valley

Meanwhile, land grabbing in Kerio Valley has risen as land speculators position themselves to benefit from mineral explorations currently being carried out in the area.

Consequently the National Lands Commission (NLC) has raised an alarm about the grabbing of more than 1,000 acres of communal land in the valley.

British firm Tullow Oil has identified Block 12A within Kerio Valley covering more than 7,000 km2 in parts of Baringo and Elgeyo-Marakwet counties for exploration.

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NLC commissioner Samuel Tororei said investigators sent to the valley will map out all areas that the local claim has been grab.

Tororei, who led a fact-finding team to the location on Monday and Tuesday, warned that land grabbing could lead to violent conflicts.

The commission has dispatched a team of investigators to the region to look into the land disputes. Clan members and elders in Kerio Valley petitioned the NLC for intervention.




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