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Ntimama criticised over ex-Mau settlers

Wednesday October 31 2012

By NATION CORRESPONDENT

Some Maasai leaders have condemned fresh attempts by Heritage Minister William Ole Ntimama to support the resettlement of Mau forest evictees on a disputed farm in Mau Narok.

The leaders and the Narok Youth Congress lobby group also disowned an agreement signed between Mr Ntimama and Lands Minister James Orengo.

An activist, Mr Meitamei Ole Dapash, said residents do not want any IDPs or Mau Forest evictees settled on the land.

Another local leader in Mau Narok, Mr Joseph Mpoe, accused the minister of trying to appease the community with the promise of setting up of a university and a cultural centre. (READ: Ntimama accused of dishing out Mau land)

The leaders filed a case at the High Court last year demanding the return of more than 30,000 acres of Rose Farm to area residents.

Ancestral land

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Mr Ntimama, who is also the Narok North MP where part of the farm is situated, announced last weekend that the government would resettle the Mau evictees on 2,400-acres of the farm.

The government bought the land last year to resettle 2008 post-election violence victims, but some residents opposed it, saying it was ancestral land.