In Summary
  • Families received Sh400,000 each
  • Each of the 2,874 households settled at the forest received Sh400,000 from the government in November last year to buy alternative land to settle.

The government Tuesday ruled out extension of eviction notices to thousands of Embobut forest squatters as armed officers trooped to the Cherangani catchment in readiness for the takeover of the expansive complex.

Each of the 2,874 households settled at the forest received Sh400,000 from the government in November last year to buy alternative land to settle.

Some of Kenya Forest Service (KFS) rangers arrived in lorries at Kipsitona, Tangul and Maron locations within the catchment on Tuesday.

Officers drawn from the regular police, provincial administration AP, GSU, and Kenya Wildlife Service are expected to join them Wednesday.

Elgeyo-Marakwet County Commissioner Arthur Osiya told the Nation Tuesday that there would be no extension of the eviction order as appealed by local politicians and the squatters.

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