Mau Forest evictees demand to be resettled

Mau Forest evictees demand to be resettled

By Kimutai Kerring

More than 200 Mau Forest evictees who are  camping at Chepkong’ony  in Londiani, Kipkelion East constituency, have threatened that they will not vote in the 2017 polls if the government does not resettle them.

Led by the Camp’s spokesperson Mary Chepkosgey Samoei, the evictees accused the government of neglecting them, saying the promises to resettle them have not been fulfilled since they were evicted in April 2015.

They claimed that  they had  forwarded their names to the ministry  but  were later  told that their names were missing.

“We are suffering in these camps, our children no longer  go to school because we lack basic needs like food.We don’t have any solid source of income to sustain us”,  said ms Samoei.

Further, she added that they have been relying on manual jobs to put food on the table, an arduous for elderly and disabled evictees.

“Despite having been advised to open bank accounts that would be used to deposit  money  for our resettlement , nothing has been done,” she said.

The evictees have appealed to the government to intervene and resettle them so that they can enjoy life like other Kenyans.

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