3 August 2014

Kenya: Govt Won't Be Blackmailed On Lamu Land Probe - Ruto

Meru — Deputy President William Ruto said the government will not give in to threats by opposition to drop its probe on the controversial land allocations which saw 22 companies own 500,000 acres of land in Lamu County.

Ruto who was reacting to remarks by CORD leaders who dared the government to arrest former Lands Minister Senator James Orengo over the allocation saying they had evidence on the cartels behind illegal land transactions in the country.

"It is backward and primitive to try and blackmail us with threats that they are going to do this or the other because we have decided to right a wrong," said the DP in Igembe South,

"And I want to say to our fellows, that whatever it takes we are going make sure that what the people of Lamu were disposed off they will get back."

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday ordered the revocation the land titles in Lamu.

Ruto said the Jubilee Coalition is committed to correct past historical injustices that surrounds land ownership in Lamu and the whole coastal region.

"What kind of a leader would ask for votes by promising to resettle squatters and when he gets into office he abandons the squatters and cuts deals with tycoons with whom they irregularly allocate land," said the Deputy President.

"We are saying to these fellows, there is no way in independent Kenya you get away with this kind of impunity."

Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu on Friday said that Orengo was under investigation over irregular land transactions in the Lamu County during his time at Ardhi House.

Lamu has faced a number of attacks that has left more than 100 people dead.

The government has insisted the killings are as a result of politics and land related issues and not Al-Shabaab attacks


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