AU order on Mau evictions is inconsequential: Natembeya

Rift Valley regional commissioner George Natembeya.

Rift Valley Regional Coordinator George Natembeya has dismissed the ruling by the African Union Commission on Human and People’s Rights for Mau Forest evictions to be suspended.

Mr Natembeya said on Monday that the government would not act on the commission’s directive as it had been “overtaken by events” and settlers had already left the forest.

“The decision is inconsequential; the government cannot implement it since there is no one left in the forest,” he told the Nation.

“The eviction stage was completed. We are in the process of planting trees in the complex.”


The commission based in Banjul, the Gambia, directed the State to stop the evictions and refrain from activities that would interfere with residents’ rights over the land in the forest.