A video doing rounds on social media, of a woman, in full glare of cameras in broad daylight telling Kikuyus in Molo to leave their land or risk being evicted has elicited so much rage and rebuke in equal measure. Nyeri MP, Ngunjiri Wambugu, on a Facebook post on Wednesday went for the DP, shooting straight from the hip and putting him to task as to why people from his Rift Valley backyard continue using evictions as threats against the Kikuyu community.
MP Ngunjiri took the DP and the entire Kalenjin community to task, questioning what made them think they can evict Kikuyus from the Rift Valley. These statements, the MP said are also being echoed by Kalenjin MPs and fingered Belgut MP Nelson Koech who was quoted saying ‘people will soon begin thinking it’s ok to evict their neighbors who are not natives even if they have land documents’. MP Koech was giving remarks on the ongoing Mau Evictions.
”I got the video below yesterday. I was clear it’s not the kind of thing I can share publicly based on how dangerous the statements this lady is making are. But I was also extremely concerned that those listening to her actually cheered her on,” MP Wambugu said on his Facebook post.
He said the country needs to deal with the impression that seems to exist in sections of the Kalenjin community and leadership that whenever Kalenjins are unhappy with a particular political or government decision they can (violently) evict Kikuyus from the Rift Valley.
”This idea was behind the violence we saw in 2007. 2007 must be the last time something like that happens – na si tafadhali. There’s absolutely no way it will ever happen again,” he charged.
After the March 9th Handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM Leader Raila Odinga, the relationship between DP Ruto and President Uhuru Kenyatta has been strained. This has trickled down to the grassroots, especially in Ruto’s backyard where there has been constant intimidation and threats of evicting Kikuyus, if they do not bend to the whims of DP Ruto.
The Nyeri MP also called out Kikuyu MPs in the Rift Valley who ‘continue to worship the ground the DP walks on’ urging them to step up and speak out against the divisive utterances which have a potential of leading the country to bloodbath.
”Kikuyu elected leaders from Rift Valley – especially those who go around worshiping the ground DP William Ruto walks on – need to step up and speak out against such dangerous utterances,” he said, adding that, ”It’s shameful that they see nothing wrong with the fact that it’s the DP’s allies making such threats & loaded statements against Kikuyus in the Rift Valley; the very same people who put them in the public offices they are misusing to campaign for a man who’s quiet as his allies threaten them!!! ”