, EMBU, Kenya, Aug 2 – Deputy President William Ruto on Saturday led Jubilee Coalition in calling for the arrest and prosecution of anyone found culpable in the allocation of 500,000 acres of land in Lamu County to 22 companies.
The leaders who include Senate Majority Leader Kithure Kindiki, Senators Lenny Kivuti and Billow Kerrow together with National Assembly Members Muthomi Njuki, Charles Njagagua and Cecily Mbarire urged the government to ensure anyone named in the irregular allocation was punished.
On his part, the Deputy President said those dismissing President Uhuru Kenyatta’s revocation of the title deeds as unconstitutional were either beneficiaries or friends to those who benefited from the criminal enterprise.
“Any leader who defends such criminal enterprise perpetuated by a few people, don’t deserve to be leaders, they are either accomplices or culprits. What is constitutional about a person sub-dividing 70 per cent of the entire county amongst themselves and their friends?” he posed.
Speaking at Siakago High School where he helped raise funds for the reconstruction of a dormitory, Ruto said the government would reposes any grabbed land to ensure people lived in harmony.
“The irony of the whole thing is that those who are telling us that it is unconstitutional have previously accused others of being land grabbers, they have made them to look like amateurs. We will ensure any public property acquired through dubious means is repossessed,” said Ruto.
President Uhuru on Thursday directed Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu, to revoke title deeds for 500,000 acres, which were acquired illegally between 2011 and 2012.
CORD luminaries the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, ex Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula issued a statement criticising the President for acknowledging the need for land reforms, but blaming his predecessors
They also asked the President to implement the Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission and Ndung’u Commission reports to address injustices at the Coast.
Senator Kindiki said the government should deal with the culprits in the same way irrespective of the positions they hold in government.
“A thief is a thief, it doesn’t matter what religion or faith he professes. Anyone defending thieves is no different from the one who has stolen,” said the Senate Majority Leader.
Kivuti and Mbarire accused CORD Leader Raila Odinga of protecting land grabbers in the name of politicking.
“He should not protect people who are causing misery on others. We are happy that the recent digitalization of the lands department is bearing fruits. You cannot hide any malpractices happening there,” he said.
Njuki said Siaya Senator James Orengo should be probed over the role he played since he was the Lands minister when the irregular transfer happened.
“If you have been a minister of lands in the last government, then Mr Orengo has to face the law. The government should also look into Isiolo to ensure such a thing does not happen,” he said.