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Governor Isaac Ruto opposes DP Ruto on land surrender call

Bomet Governor addresses the press in Bomet recently over allegation his party was involved in buying IDs from unsuspecting locals in a bid to interfere with registration of voters. Ruto said jubilee was out to malign CCM in Bomet a head of election because of the challenge it had mounted against it.PHOTO BY GILBERT KIMUTAI/STANDARD

Chama Cha Mashinani (CCM) party leader Isaac Ruto is on a another collision course with Deputy President William Ruto over the latter’s demand that multinational companies surrender part of their land for the expansion of Kericho town.

Speaking at Kaborok trading centre in Belgut constituency, the Bomet governor said the demand for the 300-500 acres of land was hatched by land sharks with the intention of grabbing it from Unilever and James Finlay tea companies.

Speaking in Keongo village in Ainamoi constituency in December last year, the DP instructed Governor Paul Chepkwony and members of the Kericho County Assembly to begin the legal process of compulsory acquisition of land bordering Kericho town.

“I have heard about calls for compulsory acquisition of land that belongs to multinational tea companies. But as a South Rift governor and a child of Kericho county, I oppose the move since I know it is just another scheme hatched by sly individuals with the ultimate goal of dividing the land among themselves,” said Governor Ruto.

He further claimed that the clique of politicians “with an unending thirst for land” had strategically registered a company in the United Kingdom (UK) with the intention of taking over the land from multinational tea companies once their leases expire.

The Bomet governor also reiterated his objection to the Sh34 billion Itare dam project located in Kuresoi North constituency and funded by the Italian government.

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