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Kuresoi South legislator Joseph Tanui and Nakuru Deputy Speaker Samuel Kipkemoi Tonui are being probed for incitement.

According to reports by the police, the two leaders were questioned over claims of inciting their community members in Njoro constituency against a neighbouring community.

Police launched investigations after members of one community complained of a meeting the duo held with local leaders at the Nakuru showground three weeks ago.

Confirming the probe, County Criminal Investigations Officer Joseph Koini said the duo were accused of threatening officials from the Ogiek Peoples' Development Programme (OPDP).

Mau Forest dispute

The Ogiek claimed the leaders had threatened them because of the community's push to be issued with a communal land title deed for the Mau Forest complex.

Mr Koini said police were reviewing statements made by the MP and the deputy speaker although the Ogiek did not give more details on what the threats entailed.

Speaking on the probe, Mr Tanui said: "The issues we were discussing with leaders of people allocated land in the forest was never meant to incite any community against another."

Importance of Mau Forest

The Mau Forest complex is the largest remaining indigenous forest in Kenya and it covers over 400,000 hectares.

Notably, the forest is the largest of the country's five water towers as well as the largest closed-canopy forest ecosystem.

The complex forms part of the upper water catchment area and it is the catchment source for Lake Victoria and the White Nile.

The original inhabitants of the forest, the Ogiek, who have lived there for hundreds of years - continue to call the complex their home.

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