Residents of Laikipia County have been warned against buying pieces of land that are part of Marmanet forest.
The Laikipia Governor, Ndiritu Muriithi said that Kenya Forest Service (KFS) had placed a warning on the illegal sale of the plots.
Don’t buy plots in the forest as you will soon lose them because the National Land Commission (NLC) will announce the revocation of title deeds on the 10,000 hectare area, Muriithi.
He said it was only Uaso Narok A and B that were legally hived off the forest and given to people to settle in the 1980s.
Those who occupy land outside the Uaso settlement scheme are there illegally as their case against KFS was dismissed by a Nakuru court, he said.
The governor emphasized that rehabilitation of the forest was important in restoring the rivers that are water sources for many people in the region.
Gathara River is one streams drawing its water from river Ngare Naro that runs through Laikipia. This is the main source of water for domestic use for many people who are yet to get connected to the town piped water grid, he said.
The Ngare Naro River has its origin in Lake Ol Bolossat in the neighbouring Nyandarua County. The Lake was last month gazetted as a protected wetland area by the outgoing Environment, Water and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary, Judi Wakhungu.
Source: Kenya News Agency