Kakamega ex-senator Boni Khalwale commented on ODM leader Raila Odinga’s heckling in Kisumu on Monday.
The irate residents of Muhoroni were opposed to a proposed 500-acre special economic zone in the area, citing issues of land grabbing.
They protested that the area, which would be set aside for economic use, was their ancestral land that had been reverted to the defunct Kisumu Municipal Council after they were moved due to constant flooding.
Through his Twitter account, Khalwale said that the people who were displaced during the construction of the standard gauge railway were compensated, and the same should apply to Muhoroni residents.
“If it was right for the people along the SGR route to be compensated for their land, then the people of Muhoroni too deserve it for their 500-acre land,” read part of his post.
If it was right for the people along the SGR route to be compensated for their land, then the people of Muhoroni too deserve it for their 500 acre land. @RailaOdinga must leverage on the handshake to hasten this. Even to pave way to Malinya Stadium I compensated locals using CDF pic.twitter.com/naGaZRSOMO
— Dr Boni Khalwale, CBS (@KBonimtetezi) May 14, 2019
He further urged Raila to take advantage of the handshake, to advocate for the process of making up for the 500-acre piece of land in order to end disaffections amongst the affected locals.
The former Ikolomani legislator disclosed how he had to use constituency development fund to reimburse locals, who were displaced in order to allow construction of Malinya stadium in his constituency.
He wants Raila to emulate him on the same matter to end altercations.