Why must Kenyan Government evict illegal settlers in Mau Forest?

Kenyans left in disbelief over Mau devastation, call for evictions without negotiations.
Kenyans have expressed disbelief at the magnitude of devastation of the water tower that sustains millions of lives.

They feel illegal settlers are risking millions of lives and should be urgently evicted from the Mau regardless of status

An intense government operation is already underway to kick out an estimated 50,000 families residing in the Mau.

Kenyans have rallied their support behind the government’s operation to flush illegal settlers out of the Mau Forest.

Many expressed their disbelief at the magnitude of devastation of the water tower that sustains millions of lives.

Part of Mau Forest destruction in picture. 

This is after panoramic pictures went round showing hectares of land previously covered by tall indigenous trees now almost bare, with human settlements and farms dotting the deforested mountain side.

“Irrespective of political affiliation, Mau forest needs protection… We shouldn’t politicize a matter of life,” one Mohamenur Dadow said in reaction to a picture posted by Narok Senator Ledama ole Kina showing the destruction.

While an intensive government operation is already underway to kick out an estimated 50,000 families residing in the Mau complex, Ole Kina, a renowned environmental conservationist, is among leaders who have been spearheading an awareness drive explaining the Mau destruction and the urgent need for evictions and restoration.

“Those same people settling on Mau will have no food in a few years! The water towers must be protected now; not later!” Sharon Kibor reacted to the post.

There was unanimity that sight of the devastation and thoughts of its likely consequences were absolutely terrifying, with majority of those who commented calling for evictions without compensation.

Report by Asher Omondi