Saving Chetambe Hills: Governor Wangamati conveys President Kenyatta’s message to locals

Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati today Sunday met families living in Chetambe Hills for a consultative meeting to provide a long term resolution in the interest of genuine, legitimate land owners as the planned eviction by the National Government is put on hold.

The meeting comes after Governor Wangamati in company of his colleague from Transnzoia, Kakamega, Busia, Vihiga, Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa met the president in Mombasa state house over the issue and the agreed on the solution to the issue. The President immediately tasked the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Forestry Keriako Tobiko to halt the issue that he had gazzeted in a legal notice dated June 25, 2021 declaring Chetambe land that is approximately 406.22 hectares as forest land.

Addressing the families, at Word of Faith Bible College, in Webuye East, Wangamati said the President agreed to his request to put on hold the process of eviction to allow proper consultations and public engagements before anything happens. The Chetambe hills bear a great historical significance to the western region and is a home to the roots and culture of the Tachoni people.

As Wangamati was meeting stakeholders, Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula’s efforts to hold a similar meeting proved futile as security officers kept him off as he had not sort orders as required by law and Covid-19 protocols. The Senator and his team chose to address the edit at the Nabuyole falls owned by Womwn Representative Catherine Wambilianga.

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