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ODM Clarifies Kuria’s Claims on BBI Rally

Philip Etale with Raila Odinga

The Orange Democratic Movement, led by Raila Odinga, poured water on claims made by Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria about the Building Bridges Initiative rally scheduled for Narok County on Saturday, February 22.

Through his Facebook page on Friday night, February 21, Kuria alleged that the rally had been cancelled as the organisers saw it fit to shelve the meeting out of fears that it may be disrupted.

Moses Kuria
Moses Kuria

Kuria’s claims came moments after several legislators walked out of a delegates meeting, over what they termed as ethnic profiling.
“I thank the organisers of the BBI rally in Narok for calling off the event. It is clear that following what happened in Narok today (the legislators’ fiasco) this would have not ended very well. Better to err on the side of caution,” Kuria claimed.

Moses Kuria at the BBI rally
Moses Kuria at a previous BBI rally

He went on to allege that proposals from Narok were centred on exclusion rather than uniting the cosmopolitan region.

“This is what Narok rally could have turned out to be. All Non-Maasai to vacate Narok and Kajiado counties, anyone who bought land legally would return it to the indigenous community, if your father acquired land you would surrender it to the local community irrespective of how legally you acquired the land. This is dangerous; The real precipice,” Kuria added.

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ODM, through their communications director, Philip Etale, clarified that the event would go on as planned.

“Contrary to reports by Moses Kuria that the BBI Narok rally has been cancelled, I want to confirm that I am in Narok and the rally is on as scheduled at Narok Stadium.

“Kuria’s post is driven by his inebriated mind and should be ignored by everyone,” Etale proclaimed.

Philip Etale
Philip Etale

On Friday 22, Odinga met several regional leaders to deliberate on issues that would be proposed to the taskforce.
He had earlier on appealed to the leaders of various communities living in Maa counties to work together and exercise tolerance in order to make the BBI process a success.

This was after Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina and his Kericho counterpart Aaron Cheruiyot differed on the rally’s agenda while on JKLive on Wednesday, February 19.

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