In Summary
  • Her son Harold Kirui, said his parents had not encroached the forest land as claimed by the government.

  • One of the prominent sons of this powerful family in Maasai land is the former assistant minister Stephen ole Ntutu.

For Ms Martha Keter, 63, a retired teacher who invested all her pension to buy land in Maasai Mau, moving out of the forest is the most painful experience in her life.

 “This is like burying me alive,” she said at Sebetet area on Friday as she packed her belongings ready to move out.

“My husband and I sold everything and bought this 63 acres of land from Ole Ntutu family and it is painful I am leaving after being declared an illegal squatter,” said Ms Keter a former Ndaraweta Girls Secondary School principal in Bomet County in 2016.

ESCAPED EVICTION

She said she bought the land from Sisiyian ranch, which is owned by the ole Ntutu family, in 2002.

One of the prominent sons of this powerful family in Maasai land is the former assistant minister Stephen ole Ntutu.

“I don’t know where to go. I narrowly escaped a similar eviction in 2005 and 2008 and I now I am worried there is too much pressure,” she said.

“I request President Uhuru Kenyatta to reconsider the looming evictions and if there will be any compensation we shall appreciate,” said the mother of two.

She added: “The government has the compulsory purchase powers and if it feels it wants to acquire our land, we won’t mind compensation.”

HARASSED

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