KENYA: Archbishop Cautions Leaders against Politicizing Mau Forest Conservation Efforts

KISUMU, JULY 31 2018 (CISA) – “The preservation of Mau Forest should not be politicized. We are seeing politicians from certain communities politicizing the same issue for their own gain. They should remember that at the top of Mau is the main swamp that distributes water to other rivers,” said Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit of the Anglican Church of Kenya on July 29.

Archbishop was addressing congregants at St Stephen ACK Cathedral Kisumu at a service for the retired Bishop Rt. Rev. Francis Mwanyi Abiero, of Maseno South Diocese.

Archbishop Ole Sapit noted that the church supports the conservation of the forests and further cautioned political leaders against ethicizing the ongoing Mau forest evictions.

“We want to urge the president not to relent in the preservation of the Mau Forest and any other forests in this country because without the preservation of nature we will not have a future. The Mau complex is very critical,” said the Archbishop adding that the evictions ought to be done in a humane manner.

The evictions will affect close to 40,000 people who have encroached the forest.