Rift Valley Politicians criticize Uhuru over ‘Brutal’ Mau Forest Evictions

Governors Jackson Mandago (Uasin Gishu), Stanley Kiptis (Baringo), Senators, Aron Cheruiyot (Kericho), Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo Marakwet), Christopher Langat (Bomet) and scores of MPs from the Rift Valley have come out to plead the government to stop brutal evictions of the Mau forest region.

The leaders lamented the humanitarian crisis experienced, and called upon the president to consider their dialogue on how to compensate the affeected.

“A humanitarian crisis of monumental proportions is escalating in Narok South. Innocent citizens are being targeted and subjected to deliberate abuse, torture, dispossession, humiliation and other atrocious crimes by security officers of the government of Kenya,” read the statement.

Destroyed settlement in the Mau Forest | PHOTO COURTESY

Efforts to have the evictions stopped through multiple legal actions against the evictions, the leaders complained of the Judiciary being compromised by the presidency.

“Three cases by different entities have been filed to stop this heinous, illegal evictions but many judicial officers have intimated to us that the Executive has intimidated the Judiciary against issuing any orders on this matter irrespective of the merits,” the leaders said.

The evictions started after the 60-day notice to leave the water catchment area lapsed.

According to reports, tens of thousands of residents have been ” brutally” evicted, 14 schools closed, and markets and many other properties destroyed.