WATCH RAW VIDEO: Uniformed Kenyan forest rangers armed with assault rifles captured on tape setting homes ablaze in the Mau Forest.
When he appeared on CItizen TV’s â€ª#â€ŽTheBigQuestionâ€¬ last week, DP William Ruto was at pains to defend and predictably had to lie through his teeth that the Jubilee Govt had not evicted anyone from Mau, let alone sent security forces to burn any homes. But who are these armed men calmly burning grass thatched houses and rendering families homeless?
Meanwhile this is how the DAILY NATION reported the ongoing situation >>>
Emurua-Dikirr MP Johana Ngeno on Wednesday dismissed Deputy President William Ruto for linking him to the burning of houses in the Mau Forest.
Mr Ngeno said the DP had been misled to believe that he was seeking sympathy by burning houses in the forest to create a bad image for Mr Ruto.
On Tuesday, the DP said the government had not evicted anyone in the water tower and blamed â€œone MPâ€ for burning the houses in a bid to soil his image in the South Rift.
Although Mr Ruto did not say who the MP was, Mr Ngeno said he knew he was being referred to because â€œI was the only MP who was in the area when the houses were being burntâ€.
The lawmaker called a press conference at Parliament to respond to the comments by the DP during a show on Citizen TV on Tuesday night.
He said he had been called by villagers whose houses were being burnt by security officers.
‘WE ALL WISH TO SAVE MAU’
â€œWe all wish to save Mau and we have been working day and night to save it. I visited the area where the houses were being burnt by Kenya Forest officers and APs. We tried to engage them, but they ran away. We wanted to know who had given them orders to burn the houses,â€ he said.
He accused the DP of making wild allegations meant to taint leaders who were supporting those who had been forcefully evicted.
â€œThe sentiments expressed by the DP were unfortunate in the sense that it should not have come from him. He should not have gone to a TV station and make wild allegations,â€ he added.
In the past, South Rift leaders have accused Mr Ruto of ignoring the plight of those who had been evicted though he championed their needs before he joined the government.