Raila names Mau land allottees

Wednesday July 29 2009

Kenya Prime Minister Raila Odinga on Friday held talks with Zimbawe’s President Robert Mugabe. FILE

Kenya Prime Minister Raila Odinga on Friday held talks with Zimbawe’s President Robert Mugabe. FILE 

By NATION Reporter

Kenya Prime Minister Raila Odinga has named persons allocated land in the Mau Forest Complex in a list tabled in Parliament on Wednesday.

Mr Odinga named MPs: Zakayo Cheruiyot, Sammy Mwaita and former president Moi's son Gideon Moi as among prominent land beneficiaries.

Mr John Lokorio, a former Moi aide, is also on the list.

A number of companies also benefited from the allocations.

Mr Moi was allocated 44.74 hectares, Mr Cheruiyot got 1,955ha and Mr Mwaita, a former commissioner of lands, was given 23.5ha.

Mr Lokorio was allocated 23.5 ha.

Mr Odinga told the House that he will remain steadfast in his quest to reclaim Mau saying he was 'ready to pay the political price.'

The PM has said that settlers in the Mau should be resettled elsewhere and only those who hold genuine title deeds will be compensated.

His position has been opposed by Rift Valley MPs, who say that all settlers should not leave the forest until they are compensated.