Uhuru fails to deal with the elephant in the room
20 January 2015, 13:27
Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta apologized for the teargassing of protesting school children over a playground but did not address the elephant in the room, the land grabber.
The incident Monday caused uproar in the country and put Kenya to shame all over the world, over the manner in which the children were treated by police.
The children were protesting the grabbing of a piece of lands that was their playground by a private developer.
The Lands Ministry has since declared that the said piece of land belongs to the Langata Road Primary School.
But in his speech over the matter Tuesday, the president steered clear of the main point of contention. Who the private developer that has grabbed the land is.
Rumours have been in overdrive that the said developer is a senior politician in the country and is thus being protected by the government.
And with Uhuru's silence on the chief problem, concerns over the rising level of corruption in the country have risen.
" Uhuru should tell us who the land grabber is. We know the police were wrong in this case but why is he hiding the name of the developer?," Kakamega Senator Bonny Khalwale posed.
" We know who it is and the president knows too. Why has he not confronted the main issue?" he added.
Activist Boniface Mwangi, who organized the Monday protest dubbed #Occupyplayground was also damning of the president and his response to the matter at hand.
" The president has again failed to address the main issue, which is who is the land grabber," he said on his Twitter account.
" It is sad to see him deflect attention from the main issue and talk about matters that are not the real concern," he added.
Kenya has a longstanding issue with land grabbing and injustices connected to land and the latest one will add the growing concern that the current government is not working to change the current state of affairs.
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