Murkomen slammed for linking Raila to Mau evictions

Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen during a past briefing PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi, KENYA: Opposition Members of Parliament have slammed Senate Majority leader Kipchumba Murkomen for linking NASA leader Raila Odinga to eviction exercise being carried out by the government in Mau forest.

Speaking to the press at parliamentary buildings on Friday, legislators including ANC nominated member of parliament Godfrey Osotsi, Mathare legislator Anthony Oluoch and Narok North legislator Moitalel Ole Kenta accused Murkomen of misinforming the country on the matter, warning that such assertions might cause unnecessary tension in the country.

They reiterated that such statements from the Majority leader are mere politics which is untrue.

“While addressing a gathering of evictees from the forest senator Murkomen, in his characteristic style, is quoted to have blamed H.E Raila Odinga for the eviction and plight of the evictees .”Ole Kenta said.

At least 12,000 illegal settlers are targeted in the evictions that started last week whereby a multi-agency team of Kenya Forest Service, Administration police and Wildlife Service are involved.

Ole Kenta indicated that Kipchumba’s statements are paradoxical following the fact that the exercise being carried out is a government initiative urging the legislators to desist from dragging Odinga’s name into the whole issue.

Mathare MP Antony Oluoch said that there is a need for people to be relocated from the Mau to avert ultimate scenarios of depleting the tower urging involved parties to tackle the whole issue meticulously.

He urged leaders to desist from divisive politics, instead focus their energies in building the nation after President Uhuru Kenyatta, his deputy William Ruto and Raila Odinga resolved to work together and move the country forward.