Wiper Backs Kalonzo Over Yatta 600 Acres

Some Wiper MPs yesterday defended party leader Kalonzo Musyoka over claims that he grabbed 600 acres in Yatta, Machakos county.

On Monday, Jubilee MPs said Kalonzo grabbed National Youth Service land in Yatta.

But Cord legislators accused Jubilee of making the claims to divert public attention from the massive corruption and land grabbing allegations levelled against senior government officials.

National Assembly minority leader Francis Nyenze, minority whip Chris Wamalwa and other Cord MPs told the press at Parliament Buildings that Kalonzo bought the land.

They said they have documents to show that the former Vice President legally bought the land from Janet Chirchir and Betracal Ltd in the early 1990s.

“The Jubilee government has been cornered on the issues of corruption, especially at the NYS, and is looking for scapegoats,” they said in a statement.

The Cord MPs said Jubilee is inventing scandals to stop the opposition from questioning the state on corruption.

“It is a desperate move to ensure we do not talk about corruption in NYS where billions of shillings are being spent to militarise our youth. Jubilee does not want us to talk about Weston Hotel built on public land, where today the government holds meetings and hosts delegations, to take care of one of their own,” the statement said.

They said NYS should be moved from Yatta as the community is not benefitting from the institution.

“The sooner the NYS is relocated the better. That land is enough to give to our squatters. We appreciate that NYS is a national institution but if it exists to bring chaos to the Kamba nation then it is not welcome,” Nyenze said.

The MPs called for fairness in the war on corruption.

They warned the government against “witch-hunt and maligning of leaders’ names”.

“Kalonzo is the cleanest of all politicians and leaders who have held senior positions. Whoever is touching Kalonzo is fighting the Kamba nation,” Kilome MP Regina Ndambuki said.

Kitui South MP Rachel Nyamai and nominated Senator Judith Sijeny were at the press conference.