No meetings in Eldoret, North Rift leaders outlaw BBI rallies

No meetings in Eldoret, North Rift leaders outlaw BBI rallies
Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi with other leaders during a press conference at an Eldoret Hotel

Noth Rift leaders have banned BBI rallies in Uasin Gishu. The group that brought together elected MPs and MCAs banned BBI rallies and other related activities following incitement remarks by Narok Senator Ledama OLe Kina.

The leaders met at Eldoret Hotel to deliberate on the ongoing BBI rallies and they arrived at the conclusion that allowing BBI rallies in Uasin Gishu is tantamount to supporting the polarization of communities as seen during the Narok BBI rally.

The meeting was attended by Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi, his Soy counterpart Caleb Kositany and a host of MCAs.

Speaking after the meeting, the leaders condemned remarks by Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina saying if allowed to go untamed, they are likely to spur ethnic animosity that may lead to violence.

Soy MP Caleb Kositany castigated Senator Ledama for his tribal remarks under the guise of fighting for Maasai community land interests. Kositany termed the Ledama’ utterances a recipe for chaos and anarchy.

“If those are the kind of statements (Ledama’s remarks) made at BBI rallies, then we can as well bid goodbye to such forums in Uasin Gishu county because we do not want to polarize the country any further”, said Kositany.

They also observed that BBI rallies had been turned into forums of attacking and portraying the name of the Deputy President in a bad light. According to Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi, BBI had lost the objectivity it was intended and has now been turned into a political campaign tool for the opposition leader Raila Odinga.

“We will not remain silent and allow the kind of hate-mongering that has been witnessed in Narok, Kisii, Kitiu and Mombasa BBI rallies to be transferred to Eldoret. ” Sudi warned.

They hovewer said they would only allow forums and rallies organised by the Haji led task force which is legally mandated via a gazette notice.

Raila has come under critisism for allowing his henchman to perpetuate hate speech against other communities.

Yesterday in Muranga during the burial of Senator Irungu Kangata’s father, Raila defended Ledama’s utterances saying he has a constitutional right to express himself in any form or shape on any matter including land.

Ledama’s remarks calling for the eviction of non-Maasai saw a group of armed youth storm and razed down the fence of Utheri wa Lari farm in Mai Mahiu. Several residents have fled the area for fear of attacks.

Read also: Tension high in Mai Mahiu as armed Maasai youths invade private farm

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