Narok leaders accuse gov’t of intimidation

A section of opposition leaders from Narok County have defended the embattled Laikipia North Member of Parliament, Mathew Lempurkel, over what they term as intimidation from the government.

Lempurkel was charged before a Nanyuki Law Court on Wednesday, March 8 over the murder of Sosian Ranch owner, Briton Tristan Voorspuy, with the leaders saying that the MP is just but a scapegoat of the government’s failure to solve the land issue in the county.

The leaders are lamenting that a few individuals own nearly one million acres of land under the guise of Private Ranches, leaving a huge number of pastoralist communities with a small portion of land, which is not enough to graze their livestock.

Led by Narok North lawmaker, Moitalel ole Kenta, and Narok County gubernatorial aspirant, Tiampati ole Musuni, now want the Jubilee Administration to face the reality and address the issue of the land leases that were to expire after a period of 99 years, but powerful individuals are trying to sabotage the process of re-leasing process.

“The Jubilee administration has failed to address the historical land injustices in Laikipia. They arrested Lempurkel yet he did not have a hand in the killing of the rancher,” said the lawmaker.

Ole Musuni lamented the fact that some individuals still own private ranches in Laikipia, even after expiry of the land leases, at the expense of pastoral communities.

“There are only about 36 ranchers, which are mainly occupied by wild animals, in Laikipia yet the Samburu community has a population of more than 200,000. Should this entire population suffer with their animals just because of wild animals?” queried Mr Ole Musuni.

The leaders affirmed that Narok County is still an opposition stronghold, despite the massive defections to Jubilee the region has seen.

Written by Majanga Michael

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