Leaders from different political affiliations on Friday walked out on a BBI meeting in protest over what they termed as ethnic profiling.
Narok Deputy Governor Evalyn Aruasa, MPs Emurua Dikirr, Johana Ngeno and some MCAs were among some of the people that walked out of the meeting.
NAROK DEPUTY Governor Evalyn Aruasa, Emurua Dikirr MP Johana Ngeno and some MCAs walk out from BBI meeting in protest over what they termed as ethnic profiling. pic.twitter.com/dFGtFu542J
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Kericho Senator, Aaron Cheruiyot, a professed DP William Ruto’s ally, took advantage of the development to throw shade and urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to intervene or else the BBI would turn chaotic and or fall.
“Unless President Uhuru steps in to save his project, It will soon turn out to be Kenya’s waterloo.” He said.
True to the threats of Ledama and ilk. All non Maa speaking leaders and speakers have been violently evicted from the ongoing BBI meeting.
Unless Pres Uhuru steps in to save his project, It will soon turn out to be Kenya's waterloo. @NCIC_Kenya get to work, stop this nonesense.
— Aaron Cheruiyot (@Aaroncheruiyot) February 21, 2020
During an interview in JKL on Wednesday night, Senator Ledama Olekina said the upcoming Building Bridges Initiative rally in Narok would be about the Maa community.
“Maasai issues will be better articulated by Maasais and am not going to apologise for that.”
The senator further said that the meeting would only address issues affecting the entire Maa counties, which he alleged have been ‘terrorised and stigmatised’ for a long time.
Olekina was responding to his counterpart from Kericho County Aaron Cheruiyot who said a non-Maasai leader was barred from the meeting.
Senator Cheruiyot protested the exclusion saying that all the communities residing in the region should be included.
This could then ostensibly explain why the leaders from the region stormed out of the meeting on Friday.
The National Cohesion and Integration Commission condemned the remarks made by Olekina which he made on national television.
However, Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen defended his Narok counterpart after his tribal sentiments.
“I don’t agree with what Sen.Ladama said. It has the potential to undermine our peace. Having said that I don’t think he should be charged. Let’s be tolerant,” said Murkomen.
I don’t agree with what Sen.Ladama said. It has the potential to undermine our peace. Having said that I don’t think he should be charged.Let’s be tolerant. One day this country will have a Malema. What will we do then? Leave Ledama alone if it was Moses Kuria we could charge him
— KIPCHUMBA MURKOMEN, E.G.H (@kipmurkomen) February 20, 2020