Olekina: Powerful politicians using locals as 'human shields' to fight Mau evictions
SEE ALSO :Motion out to give deputies powersThe water tower spans several counties with Narok being one of them. The senator was speaking on Point Blank, a political show that airs every Wednesday night on KTN News and is hosted by Tony Gachoka. Kina spoke on a wide range of political issues, but the emotive Mau issue dominated the interview. He ruled out compensation for those being evicted, saying it was difficult to determine. According to him, most of those being evicted from the Mau have “second homes” mostly in other parts of Rift Valley. The legislator argued that it was the reason that politicians such as Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot were against the evictions. The senator said the talk of “human misery” on the evictions and that children would be displaced and miss out on schools was part of the narrative by powerful people. “If these people did not have a second home, then you wouldn’t see the likes of Murkomen and Cheruiyot coming to say we are defending our people. We have a million schools in Kenya... if these people are moved from here, they can be readmitted in other schools for free; that’s not a big deal,” he said. He asked the President not to relent on the evictions. “I’m even on record asking the President to suspend everything on his Big Four agenda, put his Cabinet on this issue, set up a tent in Mau and invite every single person who is laying a claim on the Mau and find a solution,” he said. He added that the language of the politicians allied to Deputy President William Ruto showed his hand in the Mau issue. He urged Ruto to “stop interfering”. Stamp authority On national politics, Kina urged President Kenyatta to be “decisive” and stamp his authority over Ruto. “Uhuru has to be decisive, he’s got to rule over his deputy. As a leader, you’ve got to say this is the path we are going to take as a nation. The problem we have is a Constitution that almost created the presidency as a shared responsibility between the President and his deputy,” he said. On law reforms, Kina said the Maasai supported Building Bridges Initiative. He trashed the Ekuru Aukot-led Punguza Mizigo initiative.
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