Over the weekend, President William Ruto’s government came under sharp criticism over the ongoing demolitions of homes in the controversial East Africa Portland Cement land in Athiriver, Machakos County.
On Friday, bulldozers descended on dozens of homes at the ‘Aimi ma Lukenya’ settlement scheme in Mavoko and demolished them in the full glare of owners after the Machakos High Court declared the occupation of the land illegal and that Portland Cement is the rightful owner.
The forceful evictions entered their third day on Sunday despite pleas by the victims and some political leaders for the government to halt the demolitions and engage in a dialogue.
This has irked the opposition with Azimio leader Raila Odinga accusing the Kenya Kwanza Government, led by Ruto, of being insensitive, and claiming that the President had ordered the eviction of Mavoko residents.
Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka echoed Raila’s sentiments and noted that the demolitions had left some learners without schools.
Machakos governor Wavinya Ndeti furiously condemned the demolition, terming it State brutality and a severe affront to the rights of the affected people.
Do you think the Ruto-led government ordered the forceful evictions? And are the demolitions justified?
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Handhshake? Koskei Hints at Ruto, Raila Collaboration
The Head of Civil Service Felix Koskei on Sunday gave the clearest indication that the Kenya Kwanza leader is keen to work with opposition leader Raila Odinga in future political formations.
In what appeared to be a continued effort to extend an olive branch to Mr Odinga, Mr Koskei, a close ally of the president, said the Luo and Kalenjin communities had no choice but to work together.
Mudavadi Addresses Alleged Tussle With CS Kuria
Prime cabinet secretary Musalia Mudavadi who as well heads Foreign Affairs Docket has finally responded to claims of existing tussle between him and Public Service cabinet secretary Mosea Kuria over office space.
His statement comes off in line with media reports that Mudavadi defied President William Ruto’s chief of staff Felix Koskei’s request of relocating to Treasury building.
Raila Reveals Intention To Support Kalonzo In 2027
Azimio la Umoja coalition leader Raila Odinga has now declare direct intention to Support Wiper Democratic party leader Kalonzo Musyoka, explains why as focus shifts towards 2027.
Speaking from Siaya County during birthday celebration of elder brother Oburu Odinga, Azimio boss Raila Odinga says he will fully back Mr Musyoka in coming elections.