Three MPs Arrested Over Mau Evictions

Emurrua Dikirr MP Johanna Ngeno with police officers during his arrest

Three MPs were on Tuesday arrested during the second phase of the ongoing Mau evictions.

One of the lawmakers apprehended was Emurrua Dikirr MP Johanna Ng’eno after he and his colleagues protested over the barricading of the road to the area by the police officers.

Ngeno was claimed to have lead a confrontation that ensued with the law enforcers.

Reports indicated that the officers blocked the road in a bid to deny them access to the families that were being evicted from the forest.

Further information stated that Ng’eno and Ololulunga MCA Jefferson Langat were on their way to visit the closed schools within the affected region.

The identity of the other leader remains unknown.

This incident comes a day after the government issued a 60-day notice to the people occupying parts of the forest to vacate it.

More than 100 Kenya Forest Service officers had been deployed to carry out the evictions in a move that will see the restoration of the water catchment area.

On Sunday, it was revealed that Environment Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko had been summoned by Members of Parliament to shed more light on the planned evictions.

Environment CS Keriako Tobiko during a past meeting

According to the MP’s, the Environment ministry must ensure that the public should be involved , sensitized and local leaders of the affected counties brought on board together with the communities as anticipated in the Constitution.

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