On 10 July 2020, 28 homes were burnt in Kapkok Glade leaving families with no shelter. The Kenyan Constitution and the 2012 Land Act prohibit such forced evictions. We condemn these actions in the Embobut forest and call for adherence to the Constitution.
On May 11,2020, the President through Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i issued a moratorium on forced evictions during the pandemic.
On 13th July eight human rights and conservation organizations issued out joint statement raising their concern and condemning the BURNING OF 28 SENGWER HOMES IN EMBOBUT FOREST, ELGEYO MARAKWET.
The eight organisation calls on the Government of Kenya to immediately:
- Make a Ministerial Statement to halt the KFS operation and forced evictionsin Embobut Forest;
- Adhere to theConstitution, the Land Actand thePresidential declaration of a moratorium on evictions for the period of COVID-19 pandemic;
- Ensurethat all those affected canlive peacefully in the forest glades, no further retaliation happens to Sengwer community membersand that those responsible are brought to justice;
- Provide shelter and basic needs for the affected families.