By Derrick Kiplagat
Deputy President William Ruto has said the government will not use force to evict families from the Mau Forest area. Ruto said the government will involve the leaders from the areas affected before decisions are made on any action to be taken against those who invaded the government land. “Leaders should come up with a consensus on the plan of action as far as those who have invaded the forests are concerned but the use of force should not be applied,” said Ruto.
“Leaders are working together with relevant authorities to come up with a consensus on how to solve the problem and nobody will be evicted by use of force,” he added. The Deputy President was speaking at Kakaya grounds in Embobut forest Elgeyo Marakwet County on Saturday. Ruto decried the burning of houses belonging to those who have invaded the forest saying it was not a lasting solution to the fight against forest destruction.
Ruto called for concerted efforts in the fight against deforestation in the country in order to avert desertification. He moved on to commend the residents of Eat Marakwet for heeding the government’s call to voluntarily vacate the Embobut forest noting that there was enough water for consumption and irrigation following conservation efforts in the water catchment area.
“I am happy that those who has invaded Embobut forest have since voluntarily moved out and the conservation efforts are bearing fruits. We will compensate those families which missed the recent compensation exercise,” he said.
The Deputy President was also fast to indicate that all parties affiliated to Jubilee coalition should embrace the newly formed Jubilee Alliance Party (JAP) as their political vehicle to ascend to power in the next elections.