News 2008


Voices: Destruction of Mau a threat to generations



The destruction of Mau Forest poses a threat to the survival of the present and future generations.

As politicians squabble, Mau is getting exterminated.

Depletion of the vital forest reserve should be stopped without further delay.

More talk and no action is of no value to the important national resource. We have heard enough shouting. Act now.

Politicking over the Mau forest issue has become a boring beat. It is illogical to introduce politics in environmental matters.

Why the great interest by the political class in the forest? I am persuaded that these people have land in the disputed forest.

Leaders should be at the forefront in protecting national assets.

As a nation, we must spare no effort in conserving the environment. Without sound environmental management, Vision 2030 will be a mere mirage.

Ecological disaster tends to have a spill over effect on other sectors of the economy.

All the other national resources thrive where the environment is well cared for.

Our forests are key to water, energy, fisheries and wildlife resources. If this is not convincing to the hard-hearted, then nothing will.

Those concerned with reversing the senseless depletion of Mau should move expeditiously. Everyone occupying the forest should vacate immediately.

MPs should stop inciting illegal inhabitants. The State is duty bound to keep human settlement out of Mau and other water catchments.

I strongly support the initiative by the Prime Minister to kick out those settled in the complex. No one is indispensable.

Mau destruction threatens Kenya’s survival.

Bahati Amaya, Nairobi


The debate on the eviction of settlers in the Mau Forest is critical. However, it is important to see things in different perspectives.

The forest issue requires a political solution because politicians have been involved in its destruction.

The land has been used to woo voters as a gift to politically correct individuals.

I understand the concerns on environmental issues and the repercussions of Mau destruction, but the cause of the problem must be addressed.

If the law was not followed during the distribution of the land and giving out of title deeds, then those behind it are responsible and should be brought to book.

Think of the wasted years developing the land, the children, the pain and the frustration of those living there.

They are human beings like everyone else.

It is not their fault to be squatters. Actually, they are not, because they have title deeds.

They have been victims of broken promises.

If they are to move out, which is appropriate, they should be given alternative settlement and compensated for their sweat.

The hypocritical talks by leaders, some who own thousands of acres in the Mau Forest, and other Kenyans who do not know the situation on the ground should end.

Stop inflicting unnecessary psychological pain on squatters.

The issue is critical and the necessary steps must be taken harmoniously.

Those living in the forest should be contacted and a decision the majority are comfortable with be settled for.

Environmentalists should take a leading role in planting trees where they have been cut.

Do the same to other destroyed forests.

Kipngeno K Duncan, Daystar