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Maasai elders endorse Jubilee, want college renamed Ntimama Maasai Mara University

The elders said they expected the community to follow in Ole Metito’s footsteps including giving direction on the community’s voting in elections. This was in effect an endorsement of the Jubilee coalition where Ole Metito is a leading member.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comThursday, 13 Oct 2016 12:43 EAT

Less than a month since the death of former cabinet minister William ole Ntimama, the Orkila Orok Maasai Council of Elders have endorsed  Jubilee and announced the coronation of Kajiado South MP Katoo ole Metito as the new Maasai community spokesman.

The elders, led by their secretary Samson ole Rotiken, have said that Mr Metito is the best candidate to guide the community after Ntimama. They said that as the community’s spokesman, Mr Metito will speak for all Maasais, including those residing in Kajiado, Narok, Samburu and Laikipia counties.

Speaking at a Narok hotel yesterday, Dr Rotiken said: “After doing our groundwork, we have come to the conclusion that Ole Metito is the best person to guide the Maasai community. He is young of age and will grow in the position to lead the community into the foreseeable future.”

The secretary added: “The lawmaker is not a selfish leader unlike others whose interests are to pursue their own.” Narok North youth leader Samson Keiwua said Ole Metito was the seniormost Maasai politician now, having been elected to Parliament three times. “That is a sign of the respect he commands among the community members.”

The elders said they expected the community to follow in Ole Metito’s footsteps including giving direction on the community’s voting in elections. This was in effect an endorsement of the Jubilee coalition where Ole Metito is a leading member. They also expressed confidence that the new community leader will press for the implementation of the TJRC report and resolution of injustices on Maasai land.

Mr Metito has called for the renaming of Maasai Mara University as Ntimama Maasai Mara University in honour of the late minister, a proposal the elders support.

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