State goes against own moratorium, kicks thousands out of forest

A boda boda rider carries a woman who had been evicted from the Mau forest in Marioshoni, Nakuru County, on July 13.  PHOTO | JOHN NJOROGE I NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Dozens of families were rendered homeless after KFS rangers raided their homes, evicted them and set their shelters ablaze.
  • But in January 2018, the EU suspended funding when a Sengwer, Robert Kirotich, was shot dead allegedly by KFS guards while herding his cattle in the forest.

  • Last month, thousands of residents were evicted from Mt Elgon Forest to pave the way for afforestation of the water tower.

The government in May this year declared a suspension of evictions for the period of Covid-19 pandemic following calls by UN Special Rapporteurs.

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