Opposition MPs have come out guns blazing against Deputy President William Ruto for allegedly scuttling the war against corruption spearheaded by President Uhuru Kenyatta
Yesterday, Political leaders allied to the Deputy President William Ruto have pointed an accusing finger at Orange Democratic Movement party leader Raila Odinga for allegedly taking advantage of the handshake to instigate the Maasai Mau evictions with an eye on 2022 politics.
The over 10 legislators drawn from the Rift Valley defended DP Ruto’s directive on eviction of those living beyond the 2015 tea buffer zone created by the Jubilee administration but were opposed to the use of the 2008 Hassan Noor Mau Task Force report.
“We are dismayed over what is happening here, President Uhuru Kenyatta swore to protect the rights of all Kenyans and we fully support his move to create the cut line but we wonder why some people who have title deeds and living in the settlement area are being harassed,” said Senate Majority leader Kipchumba Murkomen.
The Elgeyo Marakwet Senator who was the spokesman of the group accused the security officers being used to evict people in the area of working in the interest of opposition leader and some individuals in government who want to sabotage DP Ruto’s ambitions.
Raila’s spokesperson, Dennis Onyango however dismissed the claims while cautioning the MPs against attacking the former premier.
While referring to a previous reference of Raila by MPs from Jubilee party, Onyango noted Raila did not have the capacity to order the evictions at Mau as he had already been dismissed as a nobody within the government.
“A few weeks ago, he was nobody in Jubilee government . Suddenly , from his position as nobody, he has powers to evict people from Mau. Even foolishness requires some intelligence,” wrote Onyango.
MPs Samuel Atandi (Alego Usonga), Mark Nyamita (Uriri) and Godfrey Osotsi described MPs allied to Ruto as ‘enemies of Kenya.’
The trio further hit out at MPs Nelson Koech (Belgut), Kipsengeret Koros (Soin Sigowet) and David Ole Sankok (nominated) for also pushing to amend the Police Act to end weekend arrests.
The lawmakers said it was unfortunate that some elected leaders were fighting so hard to frame the current purge to appear as targeting members of a particular community.