Azimio Movement leader Raila Odinga has disclosed for the first time that it was the founding Vice President Jaramogi Oginga Odinga who resettled Kikuyu’s who had no land, to the Rift Valley after Kenya had gained independence in 1963 from the British, unlike the popular notion that it was the first president Jomo Kenyatta who grabbed the lands and kicked the Kukuyus out of Mt Kenya to the Rift Valley.
Speaking at a meeting with Kiambu youth and business leaders held at the Mt Kenya University (MKU) in Thika, Mr. Odinga narrated how the country was very united at independence and that every Kenyan deserved to live where they are without fear of evictions.
”Hapa ndio mzungu alikuja alikalia kachukua mashamba zaid. Kutoka hapa Mlima Kenya hadi Mt Elgon ilikua inaitwa the white higlands. Baada ya uhuru, watu wakawa resetlled. Hiyo mambo ya resettlement ilikua chini ya Jaramogi,” the ODM leader said.
”Jaramogi ndiye alipeleka watu upande ya Naivasha, huko Nakuru, huko Burnt Forest mpaka Eldoret,” while rebuking Senator Linturi’s madoadoa remarks.
”Hatuwezi Kubali mtu kuita mkenya mwingine madoadoa. Tumeyaona yale yamekua yakifanyika 1992,1997 hata 2002 kwenye ethnic clashes. Tumekua hapa 2008. Tumeona. Mtoto akishikwa akitoroka kwa moto, akirushwa ndani ya moto. We will not allow that to happen. Not under Uhuru’s watch and not under Baba’s watch. It will not happen!” Odinga vowed, amid cheers from the Kiambu residents.
After independence, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta assigned his first VP the task of allocating Kenyans, mainly from Mt Kenya land in other parts of the republic, especially the Rift Valley. This saw Kikuyus settle in lands previously held by the colonialists in the South Rift, especially around Narok, in Nakuru, Uasin Gishu and the Coast region, especially Lamu.