The government has assured communities who own and live in Kajiado county of “guaranteed” security during and after general elections.
County Commissioner, Harsama Kello, after being debriefed by the county peace forum in Kitengela town on Wednesday evening, said checks and balances on the security of the non-Maasai communities is assured.
Kello said he had a meeting with elders from all the communities living in Kajiado, including the Maasai, and was also assured that the people of the county have rejected “inflammatory” remarks attributed to certain politicians that non-locals should not be sold land.
“Let me take this earliest opportunity to state categorically without fear of intimidation that the government is not taking lightly utterances by politicians that could throw the country into chaos,” said Kello.
Some 50 elders representing various ethnic groups resident in Kajiado had met at Kaputiei Resort, earlier, to “condemn remarks attributed to opposition chief Raila Odinga last week in Maili 46 when he told the Maasai community not to sell their land to “outsiders”.
The chair of the county peace forum, John Ole Seki, told the elders in the Kitengela meeting that Odinga’s daughter acquired land in Ongata Rongai and yet the politician was telling the Maasai not to sell their land to outsiders.
“This is cheap politics meant to divide Kenyans into ethnicity lines. How can he tell our people not to sell land to outsiders and yet his own blood daughter has land in Ongata Rongai. Let him return that land first before misadvising others,” said Seki.
Another elder, James Turere, called on all the residents of Kajiado to ignore rhetoric from politicians and go about their duties because what they own was sold to them by willing people.
“No one forced our Maasai people to sell land to anybody. It was an arrangement of willing-seller-willing-buyer, and one thinking that he or she can use that opportunity to grab what they had sold out, is dreaming because the laws are clear,” warned Turere, who is also a Maasai land rights activist.
Waweru Ngure, who is the Kikuyu council of elders (Kajiado Chapter) asked the youths not to allow division among themselves and to refuse be used in political chaos.