Government vows to protect Mau forest against encroachment

The government has firmly vowed to protect the Maasai Mau forest against any allocation to Naisoya residents as anticipated.

Speaking during a public Baraza over an adjudication section at the area’s clinic Narok County commissioner George Natembeya regretted over a backward trend by some locals to be allocated part of Maasai Mau forest contrary to conservation.

The tough speaking administrator further said Naisoya adjudication section has clear demarcation separating public and government land thereby warning of tough measures against anyone invading the water catchment area.

The month of March this year saw forest fires allegedly started by illegal settlers in the prohibited vast area that led to a loss of at least 150 acres of forest cover.

Phase one eviction of people in parts of Maasai Mau forest has led to political and intercommunity conflicts with an expected positive impact on nature.

Phase two eviction where close to 40,000 people are expected to abide by government directive to leave the highland area will see more surrendering and revocation of land title deeds.