Wednesday, September 30, 2020
CS, Mr. Keriako Tobiko, addressing a leaders meeting at Loita Secondary School, Narok.

CS, Mr. Keriako Tobiko, addressing a leaders meeting at Loita Secondary School, Narok.

The Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Forestry, Mr. Keriako Tobiko, has said reclamation of the Maasai Mau Forest would not have been possible were it not for the commitment of the President. “In twenty years’ time, nothing was achieved in terms of reclamation of the Maasai Mau Forest but it has been done now” the CS noted.  The CS said since people moved from the Maasai Mau Forest. rain has been experienced like never before. “Last year you could cross the Mara River on foot but now it is overflowing” the CS said.

Mr. Tobiko warned those that have encroached on forest land to get ready and move out since there will be no sacred cows, saying 15,000 acres have been recovered in Kirisia Forest in Samburu County, and the effort will be replicated countywide. He directed Kenya Water Towers Agency (KWTA) to commence fencing of the Maasai Mau forest immediately in readiness for the launch in a months’ time.

CS, Mr. Keriako Tobiko, holding talks with the Maasai Laibon, who is involved int the protection and conservtion of the Loita forest.

CS, Mr. Keriako Tobiko, holding talks with the Maasai Laibon, who is involved int the protection and conservtion of the Loita forest.

The CS spoke in Loita Forest, Narok County, where he was inspecting water projects being implemented by KWTA, that include water troughs that serves eight villages in Loita.

CS, Mr. Keriako Tobiko, planting a commemorative tree at Loita forest, Narok County.

CS, Mr. Keriako Tobiko, planting a commemorative tree at Loita forest, Narok County.

At the same time, Mr. Tobiko called for the mapping of utility assets in Loita Forest to identify the ecologically sensitive areas, to ensure they are protected for perpetuity, and urged the National Land Commission to conduct public education and sensitization on the by-laws to enable communities understand the cons and pros to allay fears. The CS said although it was important to get titles for the land, there must be conditions to cushion against selling the land without the consent of the community and family members.

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