The government has said that it will be putting up a fence around the Mau Forest water tower, after the successful eviction of illegal settlers.

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Narok County Commissioner Samuel Kimiti on Thursday said that the state has since established the forest borders, with the Kenya Water Tower Agency set to establish the fence.

Mr Kimiti said that the government will be ready to carry out more evictions in the future in the instance that the families living around the forest encroach past the set boundaries.

"The forest will be fenced to keep away those who want to encroach on it," said the administrator.

The government is planning to put up a 50-kilometre fence around the forest, which has a radius of 119 kilometres, in an exercise likely to bring on board other State agencies.

Mr Kimiti also said that the officers manning the exercise have restricted movement into the forest after some former residents demanded to be allowed in to check on their crops.

The exercise was done amid complaints from politicians from the Kalenjin community who raised concerns over the alleged inhumane treatment of the evictees.

The group repeatedly clashed with Environment Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko and Rift Valley Regional Coordinator George Natembeya, claiming that the settlers rightfully own the land.

The tree planting exercise began on November 1, 2019.