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Kuttuny Reveals A Crack In Statehouse, Where He Worked

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Former President Uhuru Kenyatta’s adviser Joshua Kuttuny

Cherang’any Member of Parliament Joshua Kuttuny who was President Uhuru Kenyatta’s advisor in his first term yesterday gathered courage to expose a weakness in Statehouse.

Kuttuny during an interview with JKL expressed disappointment on how he wrote several Memos to his boss but went unattended to.

He was responding to a question on the input he put while in statehouse towards addressing the protracted Mau Forest stalemate.

“While in Statehouse, I wrote several memos with advises on what to do and forwarded to my boss but nothing was done,” he said

He further revealed that he has details on report and plans to compensate the Mau forest settlers with donor funding from UNEP, Coca-Cola and USAID but President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government failed to act when it took mover in 2012.

“The office of former Prime Minister Raila Odinga during the grand coalition government had gathered sh. 2o billion but their term elapsed before implementing it,” he claimed

When asked on what President Uhuru should have done to address the Mau conservation story and resettlement, he tactfully avoided claiming that he has no moral authority to criticize he president.

However, he confidently shifted the blame to the office of the Deputy President William Ruto claiming that a copy of the donor-funding plan was forwarded to his office.

The member of Kieleweke movement added that each evictee was to get 5-acres of land if the deal could be implemented.

Kericho Senator Aron Cheruiyot who was co-hosted faulted the Environment and Forestry CS Keriako Tobiko for rushing to evict more families instead of following the path of his predecessors by planting trees in the bare area where the families were kicked out in the first phase of eviction.

“I am mad at Tobiko because he is blindly playing tribal politics instead of following the path of his predecessors who had demarcated the cutline to separate human habitation from forest with a belt- of tea plantation,” the Senator said

Cheruiyot said, it was unfortunate that the CS has joined hands with anti-Ruto politicians who are running a campaign dubbed stop Ruto instead of handling the issue professionally.

“We are all committed to environmental conservation and to achieve this, there should an all-inclusive discussion on how to restore the forest cover,” he said

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