Thursday June 25, 2020 – President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Jubilee Government have threatened to unleash wild animals on some 20,000 wealthy homeowners if they refused to vacate from their homes allegedly built on grabbed Ngong Forest land.
Speaking during a tour of the forest, Environment Cabinet Secretary, Keriako Tobiko, disclosed that the people who live in some 10 estates in Lang’ata will be forcefully driven out.
He explained that, if any resident fails to leave within the stipulated time, the Government will begin fencing off the area connecting the Nairobi National Park with Ngong Forest and release wild animals to roam free.
“Ngong Road forest, when it was proclaimed in 1932, it was 7,000 acres.”
“As we speak today, what is left of Ngong Forest is less than 1,000 acres.”
“We are not going to bother with anyone.”
“We will proceed immediately to start fencing and we will fence you in.”
“After we have done that, we will release the animals,” he stated.
He further noted that he will honour President Uhuru Kenyatta’s directive revoking any title deeds issued illegally.
“The directives that we have from the president were forthwith, immediately starting today, to move and reclaim all areas of this forest other than the areas that were lawfully excised for a public purpose,” he continued.
Some of the affected estates include the Sun Valley Estate Phase I, Sun Valley Phase II, Sun Valley Phase III, KMA Lang’ata Estate and Lang’ata Place.
Others are Lang’ata View Apartments, Royal Park, Forest View, Shalom Estate, the Bomas of Kenya, Rowallan Scouts Camp, and St Mary’s Apartment.
“On Tuesday, KFS officers, who were armed, arrived in two pickup trucks and drove around the estate.”
“While leaving, they told our security officers at the gate that the land belongs to the Government,” one of the residents revealed, indicating that Tobiko was making his threats true.
Some of the residents, however, welcomed the move and promised to work with the State to boost the country’s forest cover.
The Kenyan DAILY POST