Jubilee rivals allied to Uhuru, Ruto clash over Mau eviction
Troubled partyThe contested evictions turned into political fodder after Mr Kutuny accused Dr Ruto of using the evictions as a political tool for the 2022 General Election. He asked Jubilee leaders to avoid politising the evictions as this risks further destabilising the already troubled ruling party.
SEE ALSO :Kimemia picks MCA to head water docketBut in a quick rejoinder, Mr Murkomen claimed that the eviction of about 60,000 people from the Mau Forest Complex was illegal since it had not been approved by the Cabinet. Murkomen claimed Environment Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko and some politicians from the region were trying to drive a wedge between the President and his deputy through the evictions. “Uhuru’s government has not made any decision on eviction of people in the area; the Government has not made a decision to burn people’s houses. I can confirm that there was no Cabinet meeting over the matter.” Murkomen claimed that some individuals were working to create the impression that Uhuru and Ruto are divided over the issue of restoring the forest. “These people who pretend to be closer to Uhuru are doing him a disservice. Kutuny and Tobiko should be investigated for trying to create an impression that there is a government by Uhuru and another by Ruto,” he added.
SEE ALSO :Jubilee saves Elachi from MCAs fangsMurkomen further sensationally claimed that Tobiko did not support Uhuru in the last elections and could be working with some people to wreck the Jubilee party, as well as create a rift among communities in the area. The senator, who is a key Ruto ally, made the remarks in response to claims by Kutuny that the DP was using the Mau evictions to whip up the emotions of the affected families for political gain. Kutuny claimed the DP was not genuine over the contested eviction, saying he should have raised the matter in a Cabinet meeting instead of using political proxies to fight the Government initiative.
Political supportThe legislator added that Ruto had succeeded before in using the issue for political support, citing the 2013 General Election when the community revolted against the then Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, for pushing for the evictions. “We cannot subject our people to misery for political gain. We cannot allow you to use your proxies to fight one side of the Government.”
SEE ALSO :Mariga faces new petitionHe also insisted that the Mau Complex be reserved, which can only be achieved through local leaders addressing the plight of their people.
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