Cut 2022 politics to save Mau Forest, Tobiko tells MPs
The Mau Forest issue is not a contest between two communities so nobody should use it as a tool for the 2022 political contest, Environment CS Keriako Tobiko has said. Tobiko said this on Monday when he faced the parliamentary Environment and Natural Resources Committee to give details of ongoing restoration efforts. He said that to resolve the issue once and for all, it must be de-linked from politics and approached as the “life and death matter” it is.
MPs had alleged plans to kick out a certain community in preparation for the next general election. Tobiko noted that all reports that have been generated have recommended the removal of all illegal settlers; he said the next phase of evictions, targeting about 40,000 families, should go on.
The CS told MPs that all squatters must be kicked out of the forst and those who are too poor possibly compensated on humanitarian, not monetary, grounds. He said there will be no compensation for affected families as this will “legalise fake titles”. Tobiko noted that there are 716 individuals with purported title deeds while 4,439 others have documents such as sale agreements and allotment letters.