VETERAN politician William ole Ntimama and the Maasai Council of Elders have urged the government to evict illegal settlers in the Mau Forest.
They said the government has failed to evict the squatters despite the ongoing forest destruction.
Speaking to the press in his Narok home on Thursday, Ntimama said the depletion of the forest threatens survival of wildlife in Maasai Mara Game Reserve.
The reserve is rated the world’s eighth wonder destinatination due to its annual wilderbeast migrations.
“The government has shown its unwillingness to evict settlers from the biggest water tower in East Africa. We are calling on international community to pressurise the Jubilee administration to urgently evict the settlers from the forest,” Ntimama said.
He said continued destruction of the forest has led to the rivers drying up and endangering the livelihoods of millions of Kenyans.
“The Mau Forest is the source of the six major rivers and this will impact negatively on the people of Kenya and Tanzania who depend on it,” Ntimama said.
He said due to environmental degradation, rivers from Mau have been pollutted.
“The leaders opposed to the eviction are protecting their political interests,” Ntimama said.
Maasai Council of Elders secretary general Samson Rotiken called on the government to lift the caveat, which allowed the squatters to continue living in Mau Forest.
He asked for the international community to assist in conserving the forest.
“It is a government policy to conserve all water catchment areas but unfortunately the current government and previous ones have been complicit to their destruction,” Rotiken said.
Former Narok Town Council chairman Remoine ole Sordo said conserving the forest will benefit future generations.
“We shall be harshly charged and condemned by generations to come if we allow further destruction of this catchment area,” he said.
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