Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina was arrested on Tuesday morning shortly after leaving Royal Media Services following remarks he made at a Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) rally in Narok over the weekend.
“NCIC in partnership with DCI has today arrested Hon. Ledama Olekina, Senator Narok County,” NCIC tweeted soon after DCI detectives made the arrest.
However, the vocal senator caused a melee during the arrest by insisting he be allowed to remove his jacket before being put under arrest. “I have told you I’m ready, do not spoil my jacket, excuse me, let me stand and remove my jacket then I will sit in the middle,” he said while strauglling with the detectives.
Ledama went further insisting that he is not a coward by saying “A coward dies a thousand times, a soldier dies once,”
In his remarks that appear to have gotten him into trouble, Ole Kina said Maasai people in Narok County should be addressed adequately and separately from those of the non-Maa community.
“In the morning, those who are non-Maasai held a meeting in Rongai. We held our meeting at the Maasai Lodge. We were there to articulate on our issues,” Olekina said, “Maasai issues will be better articulated by Maasais and am not going to apologise for that.”
Ole Kina believes the Maasai community is oppressed on their own land, and has previously vowed to advocate for their land rights. It is a matter that the senator has also petitioned the BBI steering committee to solve.
According to Ledama, non-locals were buying land meant for agriculture and then selling the same to make huge profits. He explained that non-locals could buy land for as low as Ksh.70,000 per acre then subdivide it and sell for a minimum of Ksh.350,000 per acre.
The senator was driven to the Kilimani Police Station for questioning.