In Summary
  • He urged the EU to suspend all funding to the agencies that run its project in the forest.
  • Members of the community maintain that they will not move from the area .

The move by the government to issue an eviction notice to the Seng’wer community living in Embobut Forest in Elgeyo Marakwet could jeopardise a Sh3.6 billion water project by the European Union.

The EU early this year announced that it would fund the water project for six years as long as the community is not evicted.

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The eviction notice has attracted the attention of the Forest Peoples’ Program (FPP), an international body that fights for the rights of communities living in and around forests.

Mr Justin Kenrik, the FPP boss said members of the community are living in fear because officers from the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) threatened to forcefully evict them from the piece of land.

He urged the EU to suspend all funding to the agencies that run its project in the forest until it’s clear that no one will be evicted from the forest.

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