Senator Ledama Blames Coronavirus Spread on Slums

Controversial Narok senator, Ledama Olekina, on Friday re-ignited his bid to have sub-division of land in the country banned, after the first case of the Coronavirus was confirmed in Kenya.

In a highly criticized tweet, the legislator noted that the only way the infection could be prevented from spreading, was to effect his controversial land-use proposals, effectively doing away with slum settlements in Kenya.

In February, Ledama evoked massive backlash from Kenyans, after he stated that part of his proposals for new policies under the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), would be the blocking of non-Maa individuals from liberally owning land in Maasai dominated counties.

According to Ledama’s view, allowing foreigners to acquire land but barring them from deciding what to do with the land in question would be a fair approach, that would ensure land meant for farming and cattle-grazing was preserved.

In his Friday tweet, Ledama reiterated his controversial sentiments, noting that sub-division of land in the country would lead to cropping up of more slums, and this would accelerate the spread of the deadly virus.

”Corona Virus can be stopped from spreading in Kenya if we adhere to strict land-use policy! No more subdividing lands and creating slums in every part of Kenya,” the legislator wrote.

The confirmed COVID-19 victim is currently receiving treatment at the Kenyatta National Hospital.

According to the government, all individuals who might have come into contact with her before she realized she was sick have been identified and traced.

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