No forceful eviction of families in Mau forest: DP Ruto
Mr Ruto said the Government would involve leaders from the affected areas before any action is taken against those who have invaded the Forest.
“Leaders should come up with a consensus on the plan of action as far as those who have invaded forests are concerned but use of force should not be applied,” said Mr Ruto.
The Deputy President said burning of houses to evict those who have invaded forests was not a lasting solution to conserving forests.
He said the Government and leaders in Mau were working together to come up with a solution as opposed to using force.
He was speaking at Kakaya grounds in Embobut Forest, Elgeyo-Marakwet County on Saturday during a tour of the Chesoi-Sambalat road, accompanied by Senator Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo-Marakwet), MPs William Kisang (Marakwet West), Bowen Kangogo (Marakwet East) and Deputy Governor Daniel Lamaon.
Mr Ruto called for concerted efforts in the fight against destruction of forests in the country to avert desertification.
The Deputy President commended residents in Marakwet East for heeding government’s call to voluntarily move out of Embobut Forest.
The leaders promised to compensate those families which moved out of the forest but missed the first phase of the compensation.