Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot has sensationally claimed that women are being raped during the ongoing evictions of illegal squatters in Mau Forest Complex.
Cheruiyot said squatters in the water catchment have undergone untold suffering since Friday when Kenya Forest Services (KFS) raided Sierra Leone, a small town in the area, and caused great havoc.
He claimed the officers burnt houses, slaughtered goats belonging to the residents and did other embarrassing acts such as 'urinating' on flour meant for cooking.
In a tweet on Tuesday, the vocal legislator put the blame on Environment Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko and Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya and called for an urgent action to stop the inhumane evictions.
"CS Tobiko, Natembeya and KFS set up a lock down in Sierra leone, Narok south. They kicked out media & KNHRC officials out of the area. Women are being raped, homes burnt, goats slaughtered, Unga urinated on..etc Something must give soonest," Cheruiyot posted.
This comes even as a businessman at Sierra Leone, Leonard Lang'at, said he was now counting the loss of millions following demolition of the shopping centre.
“I invested over Sh1 million at the centre and I was making a return of not less than Sh80,000 a month. All that is now gone!” Lang'at said as quoted by Standard Digital.
However, Narok County Commissioner Samuel Kimiti has denied security officers have been harassing squatters and demolishing their properties and termed the reports as propaganda.
“Maasai Mau restoration will go on as planned, but we want to put a human face to it. I urge the public to disregard the false information making rounds in the media. This is mere propaganda by individuals looking for reasons to politicise the Mau evictions,” said Kimiti on Tuesday as quoted by The Star.