|Moi to be compensated Photo courtesy|
The value of the land, including tea bushes, is placed at between KShs150, 000 and KSh300, 000 per acre. What is unclear is why the
To rub salt in a wound, the said yokels are not zapped from criss-crossing the country gulling victims (to rally behind them) with their pancake theory that forests do not make rains instead rains make forests! What a farce! What an abuse to their own intelligence! How can an educated person say such things when the whole world is concerned about environmental health? To such people, the future is in their stomach. Their egos supersede the nation!
As this scandal rocks Kenya, a similar saga is unfolding in the neighbouring Tanzania as villagers in Tanga region accuse former president Benjamin Mkapa for exploiting them (while in power) and grabbing thousands of acres of land after retiring. These two episodes rejuvenate fresh memories of 2007’s carnage when Ugandan strongman Yoweri Museveni attempted to offer Mabira forest to his friends and partners.
Rulers in East Africa have created a very bad legacy with land and economies. Soon, the East African Community will become a cropper thanks to
gang raped. Now that
As Kenyan authorities reclaim the Mau forest in order to conserve and rejuvenate this water tower, they also ought to reclaim other land parcels stolen from the public by both past and sitting regimes. Without land, the victims will perish even if they have stable supply of water.
If top shots were able to grab thousands of acres on one area such as Mau
Given that all land owned by who’s who and white settlers in Kenya was grabbed, it won’t amount to breaking law shall the authorities or the people of
Without land, nobody can truly belong to the country he calls his. And without this sense of belonging, the affected person will never care about the same. This is why it is easier to recruit rebels in Africa where economies are abused by, and only benefit, the ruling cabal. Even animals in our national parks are comparably better and boast of belonging and owning the forest they are found in. They’re even more protected than our people thanks to attracting tourists. The other day I was asking why rhinos in
Kenyan antelopes, wildebeest and warthogs have more land to live and enjoy than Kenyans. Go to Kajiado just in the outskirts of
Kenyans should see to it that taxpayer’s money does not reward land grabbers.Instead of contemplating to redress criminals however big and honorable, the government should bring them to book. Mau forest must remain a water tower and those saying they have invested in it must be charged for investing on restricted area they obtained illegally.