, Senator Ledama Shames Former Rift MP Behind Mau Forest Encroachment
Former Kuresoi MP Zakayo Cheruiyot. Senator Ledama has accused him of aiding in the encroachment of Mau Forest. Photo/File

Narok Senator, Ledama Ole Kina, has accused some political leaders from the Rift Valley region of aiding in the encroachment of the Mau Forest.

Ledama, who was speaking at  KTN‘s Pointblank show, on Wednesday, night singled out former Kuresoi South MP, Zakayo Cheruiyot, whom he accused of allocating himself 10,000 acres of land in the water catchment area.

, Senator Ledama Shames Former Rift MP Behind Mau Forest Encroachment
Security officers setting up their tenting camps in readiness of Mau Forest second phase evictions. Photo/File

According to Ledama, Cheruiyot needed labour at his extensive farms hence brought in casual workers. Those who were brought in, allegedly, later invited their relatives and that is how they ended up encroaching on the forest.

“Those people did not get there by accident. They were brought in. They were invited by Zakayo Cheruiyot as casual workers in his farms. With time, those people invited their relatives were they started encroaching the land,” maintained Ledama.

Despite this, ledama acknowledged that there were also people who purchased the land unaware. He faulted the illegality by some of the group ranches, which he claimed were expanded into the conserved areas.

The senator insisted that he was totally in support of the eviction processes adding that it was the only way the rest of Kenya was going to be saved from any future environmental hazards.

He also dismissed some of the Rift Valley leaders who had been faulting the government over evictions adding, that the Mau issue had nothing to do with the land reconciliation, but rather had everything to do with criminality.

The tough-talking senator rubbished compensation claims by some leaders maintaining that a win-win situation (compensation), which had been given by former Prime Minister Raila Amollo Odinga had already lapsed.

“When there was a lot of money made available by donor agencies to relocate these people who had invaded the forest, there were some laxities in moving out. Nobody should be blamed now,” added Ledama.

He insisted that all the occupants initially had their original homes where they came from before encroaching the forest.

“If these people did not have a second home you would not be seeing the likes of Kipchumba Murkomen, Aaron Cheruyoit coming out to say we are defending our people,” he observed.

Among other leaders who have been adversely mentioned for encroaching the land include former President Daniel Moi, who has thousands of land in the forest.

Moi owns Kiptagich tea estate and factory that sits on 2,223.945 acres in Mau. Already, Environment CS Keriako Tobiko has promised that the government will flash out all the ‘Big Fish’ who also invaded the forest noting that nobody will be spared.

The mau issue has threatened to worsen the already deepening cracks within the Jubilee administration. Some of the Rift Valley leaders have come out strongly opposing the evictions terming the process as politically instigated.

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