The deputy president Dr William Ruto has been urged to break his silence on the Mau eviction saga that continues to consume public discourse.
Speaking Sunday exclusively on the 'Gumzo Hapa Ndipo' programme on K24 television, Saboti Member of Parliament Caleb Hamisi called on the DP to stake out his position clearly and publicly.
Mr Hamisi contended that, by choosing silence, the country's second in command was abdicating his responsibility as a leader.
He appeared to suggest that a section of Rift Valley leaders opposed to the evictions were speaking on behalf of the deputy president.
"I would try to advise him to speak out because when we hear his foot soldiers speaking in public we know those words are not theirs but coming elsewhere ( Mimi ningejaribu kumadvise kwamba asikae kimya kwa sababu wale wanasema foot soldiers wake wanaongea lugha yake kwamba yeye akinyamaza lakini sisi tunasoma footsoldiers tunajua hii maneno si yao ni maneno ambayo yanatoka kwa mdomo wa mtu fulani), " the Saboti legislator argued. (10:18-10:40)
DP Ruto has, by and large, remained silent on the Mau issue even as his backers speak out.
The government, through the Ministry of Environment, ordered people to get out or risk being evicted.
Caleb Hamisi said that the people who were being affected by the eviction were looking up to the deputy president to speak for them.