Mau IDPs Slum Ruto, Want Raila as President 

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Close to 2,500 Internally Displaced Persons from Mau Forest have opted to vote for National Super Alliance (Nasa) leader Raila Odinga in the next general election.

The angry IDPs have accussed Deputy President Williama Ruto for neglecting them in the resettlement process, leaving prone to diseases and hunger.

Mr Ruto had on Sunday listed those to be compensated in July this year but the former Kuresoi settlers were left out without any explanations, a move that has irritated them.

The group had earlier been kicked out of Kuresoi sub-forest by the grand coalition in 2008.

Chairman Robert Mutai claimed the Jubilee government has failed to honour its promise to compensate them in 2013.

Mutai has accussed the DP for remaining mute as President Uhuru dishes out money across the country.

“Ruto has been laying the blame of forceful eviction on NASA leader Raila Odinga but we have proven he is worse than Raila,” Mutai said during a press conference in Nakuru town on Tuesday.

There are reports that the Kenya Wildlife Service officials burnt their houses earlier this month in a bid to permanently evict them.

“We will not vote them. It is better for us to vote for Raila so we can come to a bargain with the help of Bomet Governor Isaac Rutto.” Said the irrate chairman. 

Families living in Kipkongor, Kiletien, Kipkongor, Kipkoris, Saina and Kurpanyat camps lost their property when they were forcefully evicted by Kenya Forest Officers, said Mutai. 

“It is unfortunate that we have lost children, old people and pregnant women to cold-related diseases for almost a decade yet the government ignores us saying we are not genuine,” he added.

“He used to be a sweet talker but we are dying under his watch. He has ensured all Jubilee leaders from the region don’t talk about us. We have proof that he punishes those who dare to mention IDPs,” he said.

The group has threatened to hold street demonstrations against Uhuru’s leadership. 

President Uhuru has earlier on dished out close to Sh500,000 to IDPs in Nyamira county. 

The MAU forest issue has played a big political role in Rift Valley.

The Deputy President used the Mau saga to decampaign Hon Raila Odinga in 2013 and is set to reverse the drama as we approach the 2017 August polls.

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