Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen on Tuesday broke his silence following the arrest of Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina.
Taking to social media to give his take on the matter, Murkomen said it was not necessary to arrest people like Senator Ledama suggesting that taking him to a rehabilitation centre could suffice.
“I always wonder if it’s worthwhile to arrest people like Sen.Ledama Ole Kina. I have always opined that they should just be taken to a rehabilitation centre with some good education. These characters are just crowding the criminal justice system for nothing,” he said.
The remarks came minutes after Senator Ledama was arrested along Maalim Juma Road off Dennis Pritt over incitement.
His arrest was done by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) in partnership with Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).
Ledama was taken to DCI headquarters off Kiambu road for grilling.
Senator Ledama is accused of fuelling division along tribal lines after he, together with other Maasai leaders were accused of sidelining the non-Maasais while drafting the BBI recommendations for their community.
The Senator, during Citizen TV’s JKL show, reiterated that the issues of the Maasai people will solely be articulated by Maasai leaders claiming that they have suffered for long.
He cited land ‘misuse’ as one of the pertinent issues affecting the Maa community adding that outsiders have invaded their community and acquired land that they are using for ‘wrong’ purposes.
Ledama added that their land is solely for agriculture and went ahead to say that they won’t allow their farms to be used for other purposes.
The remarks attracted criticism from a section of leaders from the political class who accused the Senator of propagating tribalism.
Led by Tanga Tanga leaders, allied to DP William Ruto, Senator Ledama was accused of inciting communities against each other.
ODM leader Raila Odinga also found himself on the receiving end, after he chaired a meeting where leaders from other communities were reportedly chased.
However, Raila during his address in Narok BBI rally, held at Ole Ntimama Stadium, said everyone was free to live in any part of the country but urged the non-Maasais to respect their host.