Sengwer community
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After squandering Sh1.2bn compensation, evictees are back in the forest

What you need to know:

  • The compensation saga took a new twist last year when the Sengwer community sued in the High Court in Eldoret claiming that the government had not consulted them about the payout. But the court dismissed their petition.

When the government paid Sh410,000 to each of about 3,000 squatters, including the Sengwer community, in the Embobut forest in Elgeyo Marakwet County, the beneficiaries were expected to buy land elsewhere and create room for the rehabilitation of the water catchment area.

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