News 2008


Moi son accuses leaders of duping Mau residents

By Standard Reporters


Former Baringo Central MP Gideon Moi has expressed surprise at leaders who fail to honour their promises. He singled out the case of Mau forest, where the leaders had, during the last election campaigns, pledged not to evict squatters.

Moi, who is also the Rift Valley Kanu representative, added: "The very same leaders are in the forefront in ensuring they (settlers) are evicted from their settlement areas".

Addressing a harambee in Nairobi, in aid of Joyce Chepchumba, who is going to the United States for further studies, Moi said there should be consultation with grassroots leaders before eviction.

The issue of Mau has become a thorny one, as MPs from the region boycotted calls to have the people evicted. A section of legislators from the Rift Valley Province on Wednesday demanded that the Government withdraws the resolutions agreed upon in a consultative meeting on conserving the Mau forest.

Prime Minister Raila Odinga held a daylong high-level consultative meeting on Tuesday, which came up with five resolutions that included an October deadline for the eviction of those living in Mau forest without valid title deeds.

The legislators insisted the State should instead engage in dialogue with the local leadership.