Outspoken Kapseret legislator Oscar Sudi has ropped in President Uhuru Kenyatta into the impending Mau forest evictions, making damning allegations in a daring attack that also saw him also allege state that the large acres of land held by the Kenyatta family actually belong to Kenyans.
Delving into the evictions that is causing jitters in Jubilee party, Sudi hinted that the timing of the evictions is suspect, coming at a time when President Uhuru Kenyatta is in his final term and would not be seeking votes from the squatters in Mau as was the case in 2017.
The evictions have already put DP Ruto in a dilemma. Reports indicate that he is torn between supporting the government in its decision to evict squatters from the water tower and defending the squatters who form part of the Rift Valley vote block where the DP enjoys unrivalled support.
Sudi warned the President not to proceeding with the evictions, maintaining that the move is ill-advised at a time
“Wewe na Deputy yako chini na mtafakarai penye mmetoka alafu mnataka kudamage maisha ya maskini kwa sababu labda wew hauombi kura tena. (I urge you to sit down with your deputy and reflect where you came from before damaging the livelihoods of the poor squatters simply because you may not be seeking votes again)” Sudi said.
The MP did not mince his words in questioning how the Kenyatta and Mo families acquired hundrds of thousands of acres of land asserted that the two families should hand over part of their land to resettle the Mau Forest evictees.
In particular, he challenged the President to donate part of the Kenyatta family land to resettle the Mau forest evictees, alleging that the land belongs to Kenyans and not the Kenyatta family.
“Mko na shamba Zaidi ya acre elfu hamsini…wewe utupatie seven thousand acres ikuwe ten thousand tusaidie hawa watu kwa sababu hata hiyo mashamba mko nayo iko Kenya hii na siyo yenu, ni ya Wakenya.”
Watoto wenye wako Mau ni kama watoto wenye wako kwa nyumba yako hapo kwa Kenyatta.( The children who are in Mau and who will be affected by the evictions are not any different from those inside Kenyatta’s house)” Slammed the lawmaker.
DP Ruto’s deafening silence on Mau evictions
Meanwhile, Deputy President William Ruto opted to steer clear of the Mau forest evictions during yesterday’s visit to Narok Sounth even as leaders from the region intensified calls to halt the exercise.
Ruto who was addressing a series of road-side rallies in Narok South Sub County opted to focus on development issues, giving the evictions a wide berth.
During the visit, DP Ruto launched seven projects in Emurrua Dikirr constituency in the company of governors Samuel Tunai (Narok), Hillary Barchok (Bomet) and MPs Johanna Ngeno (Emurua Dikiir), Patrick Munene (Chuka Igamba Ngombe ) and Nimrod Mbai (Kitui East).
Among those who have urged the government to call off the evictions are Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen and Kericho governor Paul Chepkwony who demanded that President Uhuru Kenyatta intervenes in the matter to avert a looming humanitarian crisis.
Below is a video of Sudi making the remarks.