• Raila said the move by the government to allow people to cut trees in forests is a clear indication that the government is ignorant to the protection of all water towers.
• He reiterated that his opponents used the controversial Mau forest issue to fight him politically when he was the Prime Minister in the grand coalition government.
Azimio La Umoja leader Raila Odinga has waded into the thorny Mau Forst issue saying the Kenya Kwanza government is uncommitted in conserving the water tower.
Raila said it is sad that the illegal encroachers have returned to the forest and continue to cause more destruction to the resource.
"I have been frequently flying over the forest and what I'm currently seeing is totally destruction to the forest and that should stop with immediate effect," Raila said.
He spoke during a Sunday prayer service and thanksgiving for ODM nominated MCA Christine Lemeon in Narok county.
In attendance were Vihiga Senator Godfrey Osotsi, former Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa, former Nominated Senator Judith Pareno, former Narok North MP Moitalel ole Kenta, Narok lawyer Martin Kamwaro among other leaders.
Raila added that the move by the government to allow people to cut trees in forests is a clear indication that the government is ignorant to the protection of all water towers.
"Many people are depending on these forests on their livelihoods and destroying them means destroying their lives," he said.
He reiterated that his opponents used the controversial Mau forest issue to fight him politically when he was the Prime Minister in the grand coalition government.
Raila said his rivals turned the conservation of the largest water tower in the East Africa region into a political weapon to deny him votes from the vast Rift Valley region.
"I was fought hard because of my stand to conserve all the water towers in the country but Mau should be rehabilitated,” Raila.
After the church service, Raila and other Azimio leaders embarked on a meet and greet session within Narok town.
At one point, Raila's motorcade was blocked by police officers near Narok Boys High School as they head to Narok town.
After a brief meeting with the police, Raila and his team were allowed to proceed.
While thanking the Maasai community for standing with him in the rehabilitation of Mau forest, Raila said Mau forest should be conserved at all cost as millions of people depend on it.
The former Prime Minister faulted the Kenya Kwanza administration for reversing the gains of devolution where they interfere with the mandate of the devolved units.
On his part, Wamalwa defended Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka saying he was quoted out of context over the recognition of President William Ruto.
"I have just spoken to him on phone and he said that the journalists misquoted him. He said Ruto's legitimacy will only be confirmed with the opening of the IEBC server, " Wamalwa said.