MP Gideon Keter to sue Natembeya over alleged harassment in Mau evictions

MP Gideon Keter to sue Natembeya over alleged harassment in Mau evictions
Nominated Member of Parliament Gideon Keter in Kuresoi. PHOTO| COURTESY

Nominated Member of Parliament Gideon Keter has vowed to take legal action against Rift Valley Regional Coordinator George Natembeya over alleged harassment in the ongoing Mau Forest evictions.

Keter accused Natembeya using his to torture 1200 families who are hosted by a well-wisher in Kuresoi after they were kicked out of their homes in Maasai Mau.

Speaking in Chepagundi in Kuresoi when he visited the families, Keter said he had asked his lawyer to immediately serve the local chiefs, Assistant County Commissioners (ACC) and Deputy County Commissioner with cautionary letters to stop using unconstitutional orders to frustrate families hosted in a private land in the area.

“We are all legal citizens in a sovereign country governed by rule of law. So nobody should use the laws meant to protect us to torture us for their own benefit. We will face them,” he said.

Keter, who was accompanied by his lawyer Peter Bore, was responding to the move by Natembeya to disperse the families through an alert signed by area ACC from the private land owned by Samuel Tanui who had offered to host them.

“We will not sit down helplessly to see our people being brutalized by individuals who are seeking for unnecessary attention. I have therefore ordered my lawyer to start a legal process of stopping these people,” he said.

He further defended the resident, Samuel Tanui, who is being threatened with arrest orders for volunteering to host the needy families.

“These are the people who voted for our government and they are not living in Kenya by accident so Natembeya should not behave as if he is a Kenyan more than us,” he said

Bore said the letter that ordered the 1200 families to vacate the private land did not quote any breached section of the law or penal code.

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