President Uhuru Kenyatta has not issued the eviction of squatters from Mau Forest, Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen has said.
The Elgeyo Marakwet Senator, in a press conference on Wednesday at Parliament Buildings, alleged that the evictions are based on personal decisions of Environment CS Keriako Tobiko and Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya.
Murkomen termed President Kenyatta an honest man who is focussed on leading the country to prosperity and therefore he did not order both CS Keriako Tobiko and Mr Natembeya to carry out the evictions.
Murkomen: President kenyatta is an honest man; Mr Tobiko and Mr Natembea should tell us where he got orders to evict people in the Mau. #KTNNewsDesk #MauEvictions @KTNNewsKE pic.twitter.com/V0yTsbApRP
— ktn (@KTNKenya) September 4, 2019
The combative senator asked the residents living in Mau Forest to ignore the 60-day government order to nearly 50,000 people living in Mau to vacate the place.
Murkomen also requested Parliament to summon Keriako to tell the country where he got the orders.
Murkomen’s stand on the issue echoes that of Rift Valley leaders who are opposed to evictions plans with one of the issues being compensation for the affected families.
Murkomen: I want to tell you OFFICIALLY that President Uhuru Kenyatta has not approved the removal of People from Maasai Mau Trust Land.
That is a personal decision of CS Keriako Tobiko and RC Natembeya.
Tobiko has insubordinated the President.
— Dennis Itumbi, HSC (@OleItumbi) September 4, 2019
President Uhuru Kenyatta is yet to give his position on the evictions that are meant to give way for the rehabilitation of the 46,000-hectare Maasai Mau Forest.
However, some leaders feel that Mr Tobiko is acting on the orders of State House.
“The Environment CS must have consulted his Cabinet colleagues. For development of such magnitude, Mr Kenyatta must have been briefed. He is fully aware of the impending crisis,” Mr Koech told Nation.