By Ben Leshau
Electrical fencing of the Masai Mau forest has begun
in earnest with the government managing to cover 15 of the targeted 30sq kms.
The fence is expected to keep off land speculators and restore the vital water tower which was recovered from squatters and illegal occupants.
Work on the
fence began in January and is expected to be completed at the end of the year.
Narok County Deputy
County Commissioner Felix Kisalu said the local community was in full support
of the project unlike in the past where political interference was witnessed
He said the security team in the area managed to conduct successful public participation to sensitize locals living around the reclaimed forest on the importance of conservation.
“We did adequate capacity building among the locals before we started the fencing project. We resolved that the community conducts a supervised grass cut-and-carry system for their livestock,” explained Mr Kisalu.
The reclaimed forest is now a protected area and livestock grazing had been banned to protect the over 3 million indigenous trees planted in November 2019.
Kisalu further stated that the fencing of the Mau complex will change the political narrative that politicians used to get political gains.
A total of 30,000 acres that were recovered after the evictions and its regeneration is ongoing because of increased levels of rainfall witnessed over the last two years.
Once fencing is complete, the government will install surveillance cameras in five main entry points to ensure there will be no vandalism.
Kisalu expressed hope that the communities living around the forest will get employment opportunities as the government aims at cultivating a tea zone and other crops like avocados.
Homes around the Mau forest will also get power supply from electric fence for their domestic use.