Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Prime Minister Raila Odinga Tours Western Region This Weekend

Meeting with Mau Squatters Also Planned

The Orange Democratic Movement – ODM Party Leader Raila Odinga will this weekend tour Western Kenya region for a series of meetings and development activities.

During the tour, the Prime Minister will visit Homabay, Migori and Kakamega Counties. The following is the full itinerary of Eng. Odinga;

Friday 14/9/2012;
  1. 1. 9.00 AM - Prime Minister Raila Odinga will preside over the official launch of the construction of Lower Kuja irrigation Scheme in Nyatike Constituency in Migori County.
  2. 2.00PM – The PM will address a political/campaign rally at Ndhiwa Centre in Ndhiwa Constituency. The PM will be drumming up the support for the ODM candidate in the Ndhiwa Parliamentary by-election Mr. Augustinho Netto.
 Saturday 15/9/2012;
  1. 10.00 AM – The Prime Minister will attend the Western Leaders Forum at the Golf Hotel in Kakamega town. The meeting will be attended by the ODM party officials from all the four counties of Western i.e Kakamega, Vihiga, Busia and Bungoma.
Meeting with Mau Forest Evictees

Meanwhile,  news from Kuresoi indicate Prime Minister Raila Odinga is expected to meet leaders of families evicted from Mau forest over the delay of the resettlement program today, Tuesday (11th Sept 2012).

Raila’s move comes barely a week after a section of MPs from South Rift region resigned from the committee which he had formed of identifying land to resettle the evictees. The MPs also threatened unspecified political statement to express their displeasure on the handling of Mau Forest resettlement by the Ministry of Lands.

A brief statement from the PM’s spokesman Dennis Onyango confirmed that Raila will meet the delegation of the evictees at his Office of the Prime Minister along Harambee House Nairobi office to assure them that the resettlement program is on course.

The PM will meet the delegation of leaders of Mau evictees on Tuesday over the resettlement program. Meeting is being coordinated by Lands Minister James Orengo,” Onyango said.

Last week members of the committee chaired by Roads Minister Franklin Bett, Energy Assistant Minister Magerer Langat, his Home Affairs counterpart Beatrice Kones and Sotik MP Joyce Laboso announced their resignation from the committee.

The legislators quit from the committee arguing that the Government was taking too long to purchase parcels of land in the Nakuru County to resettle the evictees, yet the money for the purpose has been disbursed to the Ministry of Land.

On Saturday, the MPs led by Magerer while speaking at a church function in Bomet County blamed the PM’s office for dragging its feet in the implementation of the resettlement program.

The more than 5,000 families who were kicked out of the forest by the Government in 2009 to pave way for the rehabilitation of the country’s largest water tower, are camping in makeshifts camps by the road side at the edge of South Western Mau forest.

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