The case in which Vice President William Ruto was charged with unlawfully seizing land from Adrian Muteshi, a farmer living in Uasin Gishu, has come back to haunt him.
Wajir women’s representative Fatuma Gedi accused Ruto of being a hindrance to addressing land disputes in the country. The female MP claimed that although the court ordered the DP to hand over the 110-acre farm to Muteshi, her seizure point indicates a bigger problem.
Gedi was contributing to a motion tabled by Msambweni MP Feisal Bader on land ownership in his constituency. Bader had claimed that the real owners of the land did not receive the necessary title even as the Ministry of Lands continued to issue patents throughout the country.
“The land issue is a complex and sensitive one, and as leaders we need to advise or resolve where we can. I agree there is a problem and when we talk about land grabbing the Kenyan First Presidential candidate is one of those found guilty in Muteshi land, the case,” Gedi said.
The female MP added that information had been released publicly about DP Ruto’s involvement in the Muteshi land grab saga.
“At Muteshi, it is 100 acres of land. It belongs to the late Muteshi if you allow me I will give you the details.
Gedi’s remarks sparked opposition from lawmakers leaning towards the vice president led by Kikuyu MK Kimani Ichungwah, who demanded that he support his claim or withdraw his statement and apologize.
“According to our procedures, when you name candidates for certain alliances who are known but are not there to defend themselves, Fatuma Gedi is obliged to justify or give evidence or cancel statements and apologize,” said Ichungwah.
However, the female representative did not back down or apologize, insisting that she had evidence to support her claim, while asking for two days to collect all the documents before submitting them to Parliament.
Her remarks were not well received by DP allies, leading to heated debates and President Justin Muturi being forced to intervene to restore order in the August Parliament.
Muturi agreed to her request stating that the case is a serious one.
“We usually do not allow people to say they will testify after two days, because when you say something here, you are expected to testify.
“Given the seriousness of what you said, I allow you. So, on Thursday, April 12 at 2:30 pm, we expect Fatuma Gedi to testify in front of the house,” Muturi said.