, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 5 – Labour Cabinet Secretary Kazungu Kambi has vowed to sue former Lands Minister James Orengo for linking him to massive land grabbing in the country.
Kambi who is among influential leaders named by Orengo on Monday as one of the land grabbers in the country says a case on the land in question is still pending in court.
“When a thief is caught stealing, instead of asking for forgiveness from Kenyans he instead says there is another one… he should carry his own cross!” Kambi said.
“Orengo, please carry your own cross, if it is about going to the prison, I will bring newspapers to you.”
Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, he said Monday’s claims by Orengo were meant to divert attention to the real issues at question.
“The fact that Orengo called a press conference and addressed everything else but did not talk about 22 transactions involving half a million acres of land that His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta has since revoked speaks of a clever attempt to cloud the issue with politics,” he affirmed.
“It was extremely convenient for him to announce a list of supposed land grabbers when his own integrity is called into question.”
Kambi said the former Lands Minister was being haunted by misdeed he committed while at the ministry and should be ready to face the law, adding that “no amount of name-dropping or finger pointing will work. This is a serious national issue and I refuse to let Orengo be casual about it.”
“There is no scapegoat big enough to hide all illegalities that were perpetuated when Orengo was a minister for lands. Whereas he claims to have cancelled allocation of an acre here, half acre of land there, he was busy overseeing half a million acres including parts of the Indian Ocean being hived out for some select few.”
According to Kambi, Orengo’s troubles are self inflicting and he should be ready to face the law.
“What happened in Lamu was a very clever and well-planned scheme to make money through dubious allocations. This would then be sold back to the government for a quick buck,” he claimed.
“Their plan failed miserably when Kenyans elected popularly the Jubilee Government.”
During Monday’s press briefing, Orengo claimed that those linking him to land grabbing were unscrupulous land cartels that had now regrouped and picked him as a soft target.
“There are no cartels fighting him as he alleges. It is his shoddy deals when he was at the ministry of lands that keep haunting him,” protested Kambi.
According to Orengo, the spirited effort to cancel titles of 22 companies which shared half a million acres of land in Lamu is motivated by a group of powerful individuals whom he claims are out to grab more land elsewhere in the country.
Orengo claimed among those on the list of alleged land grabbers is Deputy President William Ruto.