11 December 2012

Kenya: I Did Not Create Mau Mess - Ruto

ELDORET North MP William Ruto has said he is not to be blame for the degradation of Mau forest complex. Ruto said he supports the conservation of Mau and other vital water towers in the country and also backs the ongoing reforestation programme.

"I am not an enemy of environmental conservation as my rivals portray me. I am a student of environmental studies and know the importance of restoring water towers," he said.

He was speaking at the weekend when he attended the burial of URP women representative the late Patricia Parsitau at Eor Ngitok in Narok.

Ruto said all he had been advocating for is for people to be removed in a humane manner and settled elsewhere because they are Kenyans.

He lashed out at Heritage minister William ole Ntimama who had accused Ruto of using the Mau issue as a campaign tool to fight Prime Minister Raila Odinga's supremacy in the region.

"Ntimama dished out the forest for his own political mileage during the time he was Narok county councilchairman. When he made the deal, I was a school boy and therefore cannot be blamed for the mess. He should stop being hypocritical and carry his own cross," Ruto said.

Ruto was accompanied by Information Minister Samuel Poghisio, Home Affairs Assistant Minister Beatrice Kones, Kilgoris MP Gideon Konchellah, Kajiado North MP Moses ole Sakuda, Narok South legislator Nkoidila ole Lankas and URP activist Leah Ntimama.

Copyright © 2012 The Star. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.