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Daily Nation : February 5th 2014
20 | County News LAIKIPIA | Those occupying public land ordered to leave Forest settlers vow to resist eviction Families insist they have genuine title deeds issued by the government BY DAVID MACHARIA @DavidMacharia1 firstname.lastname@example.org M ore than 10,000 people resident in Marmanet Forest in Laikipia’s Nyahururu district yesterday said they would resist any attempt to evict them. The Environment, Water and Natural Resource Principal Secretary, Mr Richard Lesiyampe, recently issued an ultimatum ordering all those who have encroached on public forest land to vacate it immediately. Mr Lesiyampe gave the di- rective in Uasin Gishu County last week in the presence of Kenya Forest Service officials. Marmanet is a gazetted for- est at the border of Baringo and Nyandarua counties. It was excised during the Kanu regime in the early 1990s and a big section of the forest land, which people were allocated, was never degazetted. Already, the forest settlers have set up schools. Others Number of people living in Marmanet Forest who vowed to stay put ‘‘ 10,000 The government should first find out whether we have supporting documents” John Barno, spokesman of the settlers have developed their land and built permanent houses. While issuing the ultima- tum, Mr Lesiyampe said most environmental conservation programmes across the country had been hampered by people who have inhabited forest land and encroached on riparian areas. The principal secretary asked the people who had not vacated forest land to do so voluntarily. However, spokesmen of the Marmanet forest settlers insisted yesterday that they have genuine land ownership documents issued by the government. Mr John Barno and Pastor Stephen Rugwist said the forest settlers held title deeds for the individual parcels of land they occupy. They said they had been living on the land for many years. “The government should first find out whether we have supporting documents. If the documents are genuine, then the law must be followed to protect our rights,” said Mr Barno. SULEIMAN MBATIAH | NATION Mr Njau Waharaka, a local gospel artiste, hawks his music at Wakulima Market in Nakuru yesterday. There has been a hue and cry from Kenyan musicians over rampant piracy that is denying them an opportunity to earn a living from their work. PIRACY | Artiste hawks own music NAIROBI DAILY NATION Wednesday February 5, 2014 Top scientist mourned by key scholars BY NATION CORRESPONDENT Top scholars yesterday paid tribute to distinguished scientist Prof David Wasawo who died on Monday at the Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi. The 90-year-old had chest problems. Prof Wasawo was described by his peers as one of the greatest intellectuals in the continent. Great Lakes University of Kis- umu Vice-chancellor Prof Dan Kaseje, who is also admitted at Aga Khan hospital in Kisumu, said the late Prof Wasawo played a critical role in ensuring the university was awarded charter in 2012 by President Mwai Kibaki. Moi University Chancellor Prof Miriam Were described the late scholar as supportive to younger colleagues in academia. University of Nairobi Vice chan- cellor Prof George Magoha said Prof Wasawo was exemplary during his tenure as chairman of the governing council at the university between 1998 and 2005. Maseno University Vice chan- cellor Prof Dominic Makawiti described the late scholar as an academic doyen. ODM leader Raila Odinga and Kisumu senator Anyang Nyong’o also mourned Prof Wasawo.
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