Former National Assembly Speaker Francis ole Kaparo
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Ole Kaparo: Laikipia violence stems from falsehoods by politicians

As the government intervenes to restore calm in the restive areas of Laikipia County, opinion has been divided on the cause of the violence. It has been a case of ‘this land belongs to us’ versus the sanctity of a title deed. For former National Assembly Speaker Francis ole Kaparo, who is also a resident of Laikipia, the problem was started by a lie that the leases of the big group ranches were ending in 2005 and that the land would revert to the indigenous communities, largely the Maasai. According to Mr Kaparo, this lie has been sustained by politicians seeking various elective seats.

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