We will not give the evictees of Mau any single coin, take that to the bank - TOBIKO now antagonizes RUTO and Rift Valley MPs

Tuesday August 14, 2018 - The Government of President Uhuru Kenyatta has ruled out any possibility of compensating the Mau Forest evictees as the eviction continues. 

Speaking yesterday, Environment Cabinet Secretary, Keriako Tobiko, said compensating the families who have grabbed the forest would be tantamount to validating an illegality.

Tobiko instead directed them to seek payment from those who sold them land because they will not receive any cent from the Government.

According to Tobiko, compensating the evictees is wrong because it would mean regarding those who bought forest land as innocent victims.

“From the evidence and the long history of the Maasai Mau issue, the people who bought the land cannot plead innocence.”

“Liability to compensate, whether by paying money or land, cannot be the burden of the Government,” Tobiko said.

“Illegal settlement cannot be validated/ formalised because there is no basis in law and it will be detrimental to the environment and livelihoods.”

“Those persons with purported titles must surrender them within the time given for cancellation,” he added.

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