Vice President William Ruto has asked the state to divide the 15,000 acre land he allegedly owns at Mutara Ranch in Laikipia.
The DP said the land that was part of the land Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, listed before the National Assembly Security Committee, was available for subdivision.
“I want to tell those who said I have 15,000 acres in Laikipia. In order to state that the land is available and mine, I hereby give you the authority to subdivide it and distribute it to Kenyans, “Ruto said.
In a meeting with MPs after the security details were changed DP has the interior CS said that ADC Laikipia Mutara Ranch had six police officers assigned to secure the property.
Matiang’i listed Ruto’s properties in the submissions to parliament, including the 2,500 Acre Mata Farm in Taita Taveta, several acres in Transmara, alongside other state-guarded properties.
The revelations have become a center of heated politics in the country in 2022, with Ruto having ties to some of the Denied by the state as his listed property.
At a meeting with members of the Maa community on Thursday at his Karen residence, a defiant Ruto urged government officials to consider assigning the parcel to Wananchi to help them to use as pasture.
“Since you have the details, I have given you permission to split it up for the residents of Laikipia so that the locals can find pastures for their animals,” he said.
He also called on the Inspector General of the Police, Hillary Mutyambai, to end the policy of the unsafe situation in Laikipia.
“His work is independent. He has a constitutional mandate to ensure security. The problem in the country is that whoever is supposed to take care of security is playing politics with security, ”said Ruto back down attacks in Laikipia.
The 13 lawmakers accused the police of negligence in dealing with the crisis in the region, saying the humanitarian crisis staged by the violence had exposed the incompetence of the police.
< The government said Wednesday it would relocate the victims of the Laikipia attacks, with Interior CS saying they would act resolutely against criminal elements behind the chaos.
“We will destroy them. It is only a matter of days and you will see how we deal with it.
“These elements, which want to destroy the prevailing peace and stability in the region, will no longer have a place in our country, “Said Matiang’i.
The state says that the attacks were politically instigated and thus an act of a few individual politicians who used the violence to pitch campaigns in 2022.
< As of Wednesday, eight people were killed in the attacks, including two security officers.
(Edited by Bilha Makokha)