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Friday, August 18, 2017

NASA will empower Maa community, Zani says after Raila incitement claims

A file photo of ODM leader Raila Odinga and secretary general Agnes Zani during a meeting at the party's Orange House headquarters. /JACK OWUOR
A file photo of ODM leader Raila Odinga and secretary general Agnes Zani during a meeting at the party's Orange House headquarters. /JACK OWUOR

NASA will economically and socially empower the Maa community and all others facing marginalisation, ODM secretary general Agnes Zani has said.

Zani issued a statement on Monday in response to claims that ODM leader Raila Odinga incited the Maa while on a tour of Kajiado county last week.

Raila was quoted telling the Maasai community not to sell their ancestral land to "outsiders".

The remarks sparked fury from Jubilee leaders who called upon the NCIC and the Directorate of Public Prosecutions to probe Raila for incitement.

More on this: Probe Raila over 'hate' remarks, Jubilee asks NCIC

Read: Is Raila under probe for incitement?

But Zani said: "No amount of twisting words will negate this noble intention. Many other communities including those in the Coast need empowerment, something the government has not been able to do."

The Nominated Senator further said the TJRC report clearly indicated how historical injustices will be addressed.

"Addressing poverty is a key pillar in NASA. One way is to retain ancestral assets and build them up. [Speaking about this cannot be hate speech]," she said.

Read: Uhuru covers up land problems, says Raila

On Sunday, ODM National Treasurer Timothy Bosire said the President and Jubilee brigade have been misinterpreting Raila's statements to advance a divisive political agenda.

The Kitutu Masaba MP accused Jubilee of stoking tribal tensions and blackmailing some communities to vote for President Uhuru Kenyatta in the August 8 polls.

More on this: Jubilee stoking tribal tensions, Bosire says over Raila 'incitement' probe

Also read: 'Desperate' Uhuru spreading rumours, Raila says over incitement claims

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