I am still on the Mau Forest Complex issue. While the eviction process has been put on hold, I vehemently support the removal of persons living in Mau both legal and illegal settlers.
However, I am of the idea that persons holding legal land ownership documents be resettled elsewhere on be compensated. There must have been a due process followed for those people to acquire the title deeds.
I ask the Ministry of Environment through the Cabinet Secretary CS. Tobiko not to relent in this quest to save Mau. Do not let politicians cloud your judgement. Do not postpone this project; don’t even let it cool down. Let it be done once and for all. While still on that, consult with the relevant agencies, give people notices, affirm your stance, and act as the law directs. Leave a lasting legacy, just like the late Prof. Wangari Maathai did.
Let’s picture Uhuru Park and Karura Forest, if they were not salvaged from the mouths of hungry individuals, what could we be having? High-rise buildings and probably malls or even some poorly built structures. We wouldn’t be enjoying the fresh air and ambience we experience while in either of the two environs. The protection and preservation of these two resources clearly show the need to salvage Mau from further destruction
Mau forest is a resource of international significance because of its water quality. It is a catchment area serving several water bodies including the White Nile and Lake Victoria. The rivers linked to Mau support hydroelectric power generation, agriculture, domestic and commercial use, tourism, among others. The forest is also a natural habitat to wildlife and unique plant species although a huge percentage of it has been destroyed.
The climate is changing, erratic rains are being experienced; desertification, drought and food shortages are just but a few effects of climate change that we are experiencing as the sub-Saharan African region courtesy of the destruction of important natural resources such as Mau Forest Complex.
Let’s not look back and bury our heads about the controversy surrounding Mau. Let’s all speak up, come up with solutions.