Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen has said that eviction at Maasai Mau will not be effected until President Uhuru Kenyatta speaks.
According to the Senator, Environment Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko has no legal authority to defy the law and evict people living in the alleged forest land.
“There will be no eviction from Maasai Mau Trust Land until President Uhuru Kenyatta speaks. CS Tobiko who is conflicted has no moral authority to evict people against the law. We have asked Kenyans to stay put and our children to go to school like children of all other Kenyans!” tweeted the Senator.
There will be no eviction from Masai Mau Trust Land until President Uhuru Kenyatta speaks. CS Tobiko who is conflicted has no moral authority to evict people against the law. We have asked Kenyans to stay put and our children to go to school like children of all other Kenyans!
— KIPCHUMBA MURKOMEN, E.G.H (@kipmurkomen) September 2, 2019
The demand by the senator comes at a time when the eviction targeting over 60,000 has already commenced
During the first eviction, President Uhuru kept off commenting on the matter.
However, his Deputy William Ruto supported the eviction.
The first phase of the eviction saw over 10,000 families forced out of their alleged homes.
In the second phase of the eviction, the government seeks to reclaim over 17,000 acres of land allegedly grabbed in the forest.
On Monday residents staged protest against the looming eviction saying they legally acquired the land.
Some political leaders from Rift Valley have been locking horns with the government over the eviction with the majority of them citing violation of the law.
The leaders opposed the closure of 15 schools but Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya said the schools were illegally set up in the forest