How Moi played role in plunder of Greater Mau forest

Kiptagich Tea Estates on which the tea factory (above) sits is associated with the Moi family. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • The agitation for the excision of the forest also coincided with the return of multi-partyism in the 1990s.
  • Kanu insiders at the time told the Nation that President Daniel arap Moi needed a constituency out of Molo to secure a Kanu seat in a region dominated by the opposition.
  • To meet the number of votes required to form a constituency, the gerrymandering went deep into Mau, opening up the forest for a free-for-all with big commercial loggers taking advantage.

About 50 kilometres north of Sierra Leone in Maasai Mau lies Kiptunga forest.

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