REGRETTABLE REMARKS

Ledama to Kipsigis community: I apologise over Mau evictions comments

The 2018 Mau eviction saw political leaders trade barbs.

In Summary

•The 2018 Mau eviction saw political leaders trade barbs.

•A section of them protested the eviction of people while others called for their removal from the gazetted forest area.

Narok Senator Ledama Olekina
MR MAA: Narok Senator Ledama Olekina
Image: EZEKIEL AMING'A

Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina has apologised over remarks he made during the controversial evictions of people the government said had invaded the Mau forest.

The 2018 Mau eviction saw political leaders trade barbs. A section of them protested the eviction of people while others called for their removal from the gazetted forest area.

Ledama has now revisited the chaotic Mau evictions and specifically his remarks regarding the Kispsigis community who are the second-largest inhabitants of  Narok county.

In a tweet on Monday, Ledama regretted his remarks and asked for forgiveness.

“During the struggle to conserve Mau Forest I made comments relating to the Kipsigis community which was interpreted as hateful, disrespectful and Unprofessional, I regret making such comments and apologies to the community and seek their forgiveness,” he tweeted.

Ledama has been at the forefront in calling for the restoration of Mau forest and has supported the evictions of people from the gazetted forest land.

The senator’s comments come a few months before the August 9, polls.

Ledama. a first-term senator, will be defending his seat on an ODM party ticket.

He is facing a tough battle from the United Democratic Alliance candidate Samuel Tunai, who is the current Narok Governor.

Kilgoris MP Gideon Konchella is also eyeing the seat on a Jubilee party ticket.


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