, KAJIADO, Kenya, Sep 10 – Prime Minister Raila Odinga has hit out at people who have grabbed land from the Maasai community in Mosiro area of Kajiado north constituency and said the government will revert ownership to the community.
The PM said it was unacceptable that the land grabbers had fraudulently obtained title deeds to the 52,500 acre land rendering the original owners squatters on their ancestral land.
The PM was addressing a public rally at Mosiro market in Kajiado county where he drummed up support for the ODM candidate in the September 17 Kajiado North constituency by-election Peter ole Mositet.
Saying land grabbing was one of the historical injustices meted on the Maasai community, Odinga instructed the Minister for Lands James Orengo who was present to take immediate corrective action and ensure that justice is done.
“I would like to encourage members of the Maasai community to obtain land title deeds and use them as collateral to develop themselves, “he added.
He urged the electorate to vote for Mositet, noting ODM stood for reforms and bringing about positive change to the country.
Odinga reiterated that ODM was carrying the liberation agenda and was determined to rid the country of all forms of inequities that has impeded development in the country.
Once again the PM criticized some presidential candidates for teaming up so as to defeat him in the presidential election next year, saying they feared that as individuals he will defeat them soundly. “If they think they are worth opponents, let them face me as individuals not as a group,” he added.
Odinga also stated that he would not retire with President Kibaki as wished by some presidential candidates, saying as a change agent he still had not accomplished his mission before retiring.
Cabinet Minister William ole Ntimama called for peace among the Maasai clans living in the area, noting that clan differences had brought about unnecessary animosity among members of the Purko, Keekonyokie and Loodokilani clans.