Saturday, August 15, 2020
CS Tobiko gives his remarks , during the virtual meeting. The meeting was chaired by Nyandarua Senator and Chairman of the committee Hon Mwangi Githiomi and attended by Senators Philip Mpaayei (Kajiado) Johnson Sakaja (Nairobi) Susan Kihika (Nakuru), Sylvia Kasanga (Nominated) Issa Juma Boy (Kwale) and representatives of residents.

CS Tobiko gives his remarks , during the virtual meeting. The meeting was chaired by Nyandarua Senator and Chairman of the committee Hon Mwangi Githiomi and attended by Senators Philip Mpaayei (Kajiado) Johnson Sakaja (Nairobi) Susan Kihika (Nakuru), Sylvia Kasanga (Nominated) Issa Juma Boy (Kwale) and representatives of residents.

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko has reiterated that Ngong Road Forest Reserve except for the parts that were lawfully and validly degazetted for a public purpose must and shall be reclaimed, restored, conserved and protected for the benefit of all Kenyans.

“All purported titles issued in respect of undegazetted part(s) of Ngong Road Forest Reserve are illegal, unlawful, fraudulent and null and void ab initio. Such purported titles do not confer upon the original holder or subsequent holder any ownership or other proprietary rights or interests”. CS Tobiko said.
The CS was responding to the Senate Standing Committee on Land, Environment and Natural Resources on the Government position on the alleged repossession of the forest land and demolition of houses in Langata.
The CS said all forest lands within the undegazetted parts of Ngong Road Forest that have been illegally alienated and/or allocated to private individuals and/or entities, shall be repossessed and restored to their original purpose as forests.
The CS warned the public to exercise due diligence before investing all their savings in buying land so as to avoid similar mistakes, failure to which they will have themselves to blame.
The CS allayed fears that the government will not to demolish any houses within the forest the CS said the Government has not at the moment expressed any such intentions.
The CS urged the residents to surrendered the purported title documents to the Government, then through Kenya Forest Service  a long term lease(s) or Special User Licenses on new terms and conditions will be issued.
This the CS said will be done in tandem with the requirements of planning and environmental legislation.
The CS said that in order to reduce the pressure on the Nairobi National Park, the government is working on a plan to link up the Nairobi National Park and the Ngong Road Forest in order to provide an expanded dispersal area for the Wildlife in the Park.
“My Ministry is working with the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife on a technical proposals to provide linkages through underpasses or overpasses to allow wildlife crossings, these proposals are at an advanced stage of preparation”. The CS said .
The CS added that a wildlife-proof fence will be constructed around the Ngong Road Forest Reserve except for the parts of the forest that have been lawfully and validly degazetted for a public purpose.
Once the Ngong Road Forest Reserve has been fully reclaimed, fenced off and the animal crossings constructed, the wildlife within Nairobi National Park will be released into the newly created expanded dispersal area.
The meeting was chaired by Nyandarua Senator and Chairman of the committee Hon Mwangi Githiomi and attended by Senators Philip Mpaayei (Kajiado) Johnson Sakaja (Nairobi) Susan Kihika (Nakuru), Sylvia Kasanga (Nominated) Issa Juma Boy (Kwale) and representatives of residents.
Environment CS Keriako Tobiko during a virtual zoom meeting with the Senate Standing Committee on Land, Environment and Natural Resources , the committee had sort answers from the CS concerning the Ngong Forest evictions.

Environment CS Keriako Tobiko during a virtual zoom meeting with the Senate Standing Committee on Land, Environment and Natural Resources , the committee had sort answers from the CS concerning the Ngong Forest evictions.

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