Focus now shifts to compensation as Mau evictions near

Herders troop out of Maasai Mau forest on September 1, 2019 following an eviction order by the government. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Restoring the plundered area requires Sh250,000 per hectare, which translates to Sh4.3 billion for the 17,101 hectares, according to a source at the Kenya Water Towers Agency.
  • The government’s overriding concern is that the whole allocation was irregular — whether or not public servants were involved.
  • Narok County Council is in the eye of the storm over the plunder of the forest; some of the disputed allocations followed resolutions of the Council.

To compensate or not to compensate is the elephant in the room as authorities move to evict about 5,000 families from the troubled Maasai Mau forest.

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