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Finally, DP Ruto responds to Raila over Mau

Deputy President William Ruto has hit out at NASA leader Raila Odinga on feud they had some years back over the conservation of Kenya’s largest water tower-Mau Forest.

This comes barely days after Raila critisized the DP for sacrificing the Mau conservation policy  at the altar of politics,putting the future of Kenyans in jeopardy.

Though Ruto,in his response, did not mention the former Premier by name, it was clear to who was being referred to;

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”Matters around conservation, matters around degradation, matters around forestation are very serious matters.

They are not matters for photo ops and publicity stunts as we have seen in the past. What we have seen in the past is people going to Mau and making big statements and leaving,” Ruto said.

Speaking in Bomet during the commissioning of the Teganda-Ndaraweta-Leldaret Road on Saturday,the DP also defended the position he’s taken in the past on the Mau Forest evictions.

As millions face starvation for a lack of rain, Ruto – put on the defensive – tried to explain that he did not sacrifice the greater good on the altar of political expediency by standing in the way of the then government’s efforts to preserve the vital water tower.

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“What we objected then and will continue to object is the manner in which people were treated at the Mau forest during the eviction. At no point are we ever going to support the destruction of people’s properties and churches in the name of eviction,” Ruto said.

Now in government and being expected to resolve the water crisis and safeguard a future supply of rain, Ruto said the national government plans to plant 60 million trees.

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