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Raila Talks About Mau

Opposition chief Raila Odinga has spoken out about the environmental crisis in the country and the fight for Mau Forest that cost him politically.

He described the ravaging drought as symptomatic of Kenyan politics, which “is terribly wrong”.

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Recalling how he was viciously fought for spearheading the conservation of the Mau Forest, the country’s largest water tower, Raila regretted that policy was sacrificed at the altar of politics, putting the future of Kenyans in jeopardy.

Raila claimed that Deputy President William Ruto’s now-defunct political machine, URP, was built out of stage-managed anger against the efforts to reclaim and conserve the Mau Forest.

“Now URP is dead and people are suffering. We can only cry for our country,” Raila told the Star in an exclusive interview.

He went on: “When policy is compromised because of who is pushing it and for [the next] election, then we have a serious problem as a country.”

The former Prime Minister spoke amid biting hunger, severe drought and drying rivers that have put over 3.4 million lives on the line.

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The conservation of the Mau Complex was a Cabinet decision but President Mwai Kibaki took a low profile as his Mt Kenya MPs ganged up with Ruto’s men from the Rift Valley to wage political war against Raila.

The Mau Forest turned into a frosty affair for Raila, in addition to the charges against Ruto at the International Criminal Court. It split ODM as Raila lost fanatical support that he enjoyed among the Kalenjin community from the 2007 election.

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