Jubilee's failure to implement TJRC report sparked Laikipia clashes Raila claims

Jubilee's failure to act on the Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission report, reason behind land disputes in Laikipia Raila claims.

 

Jubilee's failure to act on the Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission report was the reason behind land disputes in Laikipia the Opposition leader has claimed.

Raila was speaking at Maralal town where he said historical injustices committed in 1966 are well stipulated in the report yet the President has failed to resolve them.

"The report was handed to President Uhuru Kenyatta in May 2013. Had he acted on it, the land trouble facing Samburus in Laikipia would have been avoided," he said on Thursday.

TJRC was set up in 2008 after Kenya’s post-election violence and sought to address the cause and effects of historical injustices and gross violations of human rights, contributing towards national unity, reconciliation, and healing.

Clashes broke out after pastoralists from the Samburu community invaded private property in Laikipia in search of pasture.

The incidents however took a violent turn, leaving several injured or killed.

An estimated 10,000 pastoralists with 135,000 cattle have moved into ranches in Laikipia North in the last four months.

Laikipia MP Mathew Lempurkel blamed the government for the clashes saying it has been reluctant to offer a permanent solution on the wrangles between ranchers and the Samburu community.

"The same government saying there is no land for Samburus to graze in Laikipia County spent billions buying Waitiki land in Mombasa to settle people," Lempurkel said.

Large swaths of land in Laikipia is owned by white Kenyans and foreign owners of the big conservancies.

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