17 December 2012

Kenya: Evictees Get 1,400 Acres

Forest evictees and IDPs who have not been given new homes will be resettled on 1,400 acres of land in Uasin Gishu.

The 1,400 acre farm is located in Moiben division and the government is the process of finalising the purchase to facilitate the relocation of the remaining forest evictees and IDPs who are still in camps mostly in the Rift Valley region.

Special Programmes ministry PS Andrew Mondoh says the homeless families will be resettled before the March 4, general election.

He said the government is in the process of processing title deeds for families who have been resettled in different parts of the country.

"We will issue all the families with title deeds as soon as possible so that they occupy their new homes without fear of being evicted again," Mondoh said.

He added that most of those still in camps will be moved to their new homes by the end of next month. Mondoh was speaking at Chemusian Farm in Eldoret East where the government is resettling some of the Mau forest evictees and squatters.

Most of the families which were rendered homeless after they were evicted from the Mau Forest are still camping in the area although some were also resettled in Rongai.

They were removed under Mau Forest Restoration Programme which aims to save the water tower from destruction. So far, about 3,000 of the families are waiting to be resettled. More than 10,000 families evicted from the Embobut Forest are camping in Maraket awaiting new homes.

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