Sunday, October 1, 2023 – President William Ruto has ordered the immediate eviction of people living in Mau Forest. 

Speaking during the funeral of Titate Ole Sankei, Olopirik Village in Narok County, Ruto vowed that the government will not negotiate with encroachers.

The Head of State vowed that the government will pull out all stops to protect water towers in the country, particularly in the Mau Forest.

Explaining the steps the government will take to protect water towers, Ruto noted that Kenya has already secured financing to fence all water towers.

“Among the 10 water towers we have in Kenya, Mau Forest is the most important,” Ruto affirmed.

This, he said, will deter more Kenyans from encroaching into forests and conserve water catchment areas.

“Those already in the forest (Mau) should get out immediately because we are putting up a fence. And it is not a request,” the President warned. 

This comes even as he fell out with former Prime Minister Raila Odinga for evicting Mau squatters during the Mwai Kibaki era.

The Mau Forest is the largest water catchment area in the East African region covering an expansive 675,000 acres in Rift Valley. 

The eviction of squatters from the water catchment area commenced in 2005 under former President Mwai Kibaki’s administration, when the government declared all title deeds in the Mau region invalid.


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