Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina has called on the Maa community to continue supporting the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga saying it has brought numerous benefits on their land.
Ole Kina said the two leaders have helped in restoring the Maasai Mau forest that had greatly been destroyed by encroachers among other development projects that have been initiated in the Maa counties.
The senator spoke Saturday at Olokurto ward in Narok North Sub County during the burial ceremony of the late Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Kirampa.
The occasion was also attended by the Narok Governor Samuel Tunai, Narok North Member of Parliament Moitalel Ole Kenta and his Suna East counterpart Junet Mohamed among other county leaders.
Ole Kina who spoke amidst cheers from the mourners told the Maa community to support the presidential bid of Odinga so as to protect their land as he is the only leader who has a track record of fighting for the rights of the Maa people.
“The recent revelation by the Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i in a parliamentary committee was shocking. We have known who takes our land. Anyone who goes against the handshake in the next general elections will be supporting land grabbing,” he claimed.
His sentiments were reiterated by the Suna East MP who asked residents to vote for the former premier so as to protect the Maasai mau forest from further destruction.
“The government has already started the phase one fencing, we want to continue with the same bid of fencing the forest after 2022 to ensure the whole Maasai Mau forest is protected from any form of destruction,” said Mohamed.
He recalled that the ODM party had suffered a major political blow in the past because of its stand on the protection of Maasai Mau forest saying still they haven’t changed their position.
“We will continue protecting the Mau forest whether you vote for us or not. The forest is more important than your vote because it supports livelihoods,” he said.
On his part, Tunai avoided politics and instead challenged the residents to embrace one another and promote peace along the volatile border of Narok and Nakuru counties.