By Isaac Kinity
The issue about Mau should not be about evictions, but it should be over the fate of more than Kshs. 700 billion worth of Government commercial trees which existed in that area, before the annexation of that land. Before the Mau was subdivided, thousands of acres of land there was covered with plantations of government commercial trees. Every year, the tress earned the Kenya Government millions of Kshs when harvested. There were very many people who were employed to work at Mau, to look after those trees. In 1885, all that changed. All the people who worked there were evicted and new people were brought in, not for the purpose of looking after those trees, but for the purpose of inheriting all the land on which those trees were planted. The fate of all those trees, most of which were ready for harvest, remain a mystery up to this day. And instead of explaining to Kenyans what happened to those trees after the land on which they were planted was allocated to some Kenyans, and instead of explaining to Kenyans why all the natural forests along the rivers in Mau were destroyed, rendering the nation into frequent periods of drought, it has only been the chanting of Raila, Raila Raila is the problem at Mau.
The Kenya Government has a demanding obligation to establish whether those who are now cry evictions are responsible for the disappearance of billions of Kshs worth of the commercial trees at the Mau forest. Whoever is responsible, should be made to pay the money worth all those trees. The trees did not belong to one section of the Kenya community or to one individual Kenyan, but to all Kenyans. If it is President Moi who sold those trees before he distributed the land, he should be made to pay and if it was those who were allocated the Mau forest, they should be made to pay. And not only should anyone responsible for the fate of those trees be made to pay, but should also be punished because that was high level corruption against Kenyans.