MP Kathambi wants illegal Mau evictions stopped

Njoro Member of Parliament Charity Kathambi has told off Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko over directive to evict families from Mau East.

Addressing media on Sunday at Mauche Primary, Kathambi noted that the illegal evictions will see not less that  20,000 households affected during this harsh economic times occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic.

While terming the decision as uncalled for, the Legislator faulted Tobiko over sentiments that some titles issued to residents were mere papers.

“I was really surprised when CS Tobiko said some titles in areas such as Mariashoni,Likia,Logoman and Sururu are just papers hence the families will be evicted. I am afraid to say if this goes on then Njoro Constituency will be affected as more than 20,000 households will be affected” she said.

The Njoro Legislator who sits in the Environmental Committee of the National Assembly also revealing that the committee had met Tobiko over the issue.

She says the committee had made a recommendation to the CS to assess the forest cut-lines in the country and gazette them.

However, Kathambi says the CS seems to have gone against the same recommendation by ordering evictions without even clear information on the cut-lines.

Kathambi has now appealed to President Uhuru Kenyatta to step in and suspend the national evictions and as well as demolitions over Ngong Forest Land.

While maintaining that in Njoro no local has crossed the cutlines, Kathambi added that the Big 4 agenda on food security and housing will be affected through the demolitions and the evictions.

“As champions of Environmental conservation, we want to also call on President to send a team to confirm that no one has crossed cutlines here in Njoro.Whatever Tobiko is doing has nothing to do with the conservation but a crisis to livelihoods and that is why I am appealing to the President to hear the cry of the people and save them from this crisis of evictions” said Kathambi.