Narok Senator Ledema ole Kina was on Monday grilled over alleged incitement against two communities living in Mau ecosystem.
He was grilled amid calls by a section of Rift Valley leaders for Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet to order his arrest.
Kina faced Narok County Security committee chairman George Natembeya, County Police Commander Thomas Ngeiwua and his criminal investigations counterpart Zachary Kariuki.
The senator said a clip that went viral on social medial, and led to his summoning, was fabricated to suit a propaganda narrative.
“The video clip was completely distorted to serve the political interests of some people who are against the Mau Forest evictions,” he said.
The summons came after two Kericho MPs petitioned the National Cohesion and Integration Commission to investigate Ole Kina over escalating clashes around the Mau Forest complex, in Nakuru and Narok counties.
After the grilling, the senator took to the streets of Narok with his supporters and emphasised that people must move out of Mau Forest.
His supporters chanted pro-Mau conservation slogans as they walked from the Narok county commissioner’s office to a popular ‘Rungu ya Moi’ spot where he addressed them.
The senator regretted that politicians from outside Narok county have politicised the Mau matter at the expense of environmental conservation.
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Last Thursday, the NCIC warned Ole Kina against incitement.
In a statement issued in Nakuru town, the commission said the senator’s utterances were aimed at inciting communities in the clash-torn region.
Commissioner Natembeya said he summoned the senator to warn him and other politicians against politicising the evictions, saying this could lead to ethnic tensions.
“All leaders from Narok and [other parts] should desist from political comments on the exercise. They must agree that if we will not conserve the Mau, there will be a disaster in this country. We cannot restore the Mau with people still inside it. They must move,” he said.
He called on Narok residents to live peacefully, since the evictions are not tribal and political its a government operation to safe the water tower.
The senator was questioned for about two hours on his recent public outbursts which are said to have caused a rift between members of the Maasai and Kipsigis communities.
Kilometres away in Bomet County, leaders called for his arrest and prosecution. They included Senator Christopher Langat, Woman Representative Joyce Korir and MPs Beatrice Kones (Bomet East), Ronald Tonui (Bomet Central), Hillary Koskei (Kipkelion West), Gideon Koskei (Chepalungu) and Nelson Koech (Belgut)
Langat noted that is the responsibility of leaders to unite the people, not incite them into violence, especially not in a cosmopolitan region.
Tonui said: “Leaders should not be allowed to incite communities and go scot free. There is clearly enough evidence to charge the senator in a court of law over hate speech and incitement.”
He added that leaders should be in the forefront in preaching peace and bringing communities together and that settlers in Narok have a right to own property just like the indigenous people.