RESPECT AND PIETY

Politics barred during Ntimama widow's burial

Don't exploit death and turn ceremony into battleground for selfish political interests on Saturday

In Summary
  • Ntimama’s daughter Lydia Ntimama said they expect politicians from different political sides, hence, the need to ban all politics on Saturday at Motony home in Narok. 
  • Mama Dorcas, 85, was the widow of former Cabinet minister William Ntimama. She died on June 25 at a Nairobi hospital.
Former minister William Ntimama's daughter Lydia, (second left) with family, friends at their Motonyi home in Narok.
NO POLITICS: Former minister William Ntimama's daughter Lydia, (second left) with family, friends at their Motonyi home in Narok.
Image: KIPLANG'AT KIRUI

Former heritage Minister William Ntimama's family has called on politicians to shun mud-slinging and other politics during the burial of their mother, Dorcas Pedelai Ntimama.

Ntimama’s daughter Lydia Ntimama said they expect politicians from different political sides, hence, the need to ban all political comments and not to exploit the funeral for personal advantage.

Mama Dorcas, 85, died on June 24 at a Nairobi hospital. She will be buried on Saturday.

“My mother was a prayerful person, there is no need of spoiling her burial with too much politics. We need to give her the decent send-off that she deserves,” her daughter said.

She called on mourners to follow strict Covid-19 regulations during the ceremony at Motony village in Narok North subcounty.

Lydia said her mother was a great pillar to her husband, famous for fighting for the rights of the Maa people.

“Behind every successful man, is a woman. She was indeed the backbone of my father’s success,” she said.

She added that her mother was a prayerful person who dedicated most of her time to pray for Kenya, her husband, family and the Maa community.

“Since my father's demise in 2016, my mother remained a great pillar of our family and encouraged us to keep peace with everyone. We will surely miss her,” Lydia said.

Maasai professionals also sent a message of condolence.

Group spokesman Ita ole Kiok described her death as a big blow to the Maasai community as she was as a gracious woman who worked tirelessly for the wellbeing of society.

“Another dark cloud has engulfed the Maasai community after the sudden demise of Mama Dorcas. On behalf of the professionals, I send our deepest condolences to the family and the Maasai community at this difficult time,” Kiok said.

They said Dorcas will be fondly remembered for the community development initiatives she drove.

She generously led initiatives for development of churches. She was successful on many fronts,  from the family level to entrepreneurship.

She was also a great farmer, evidenced through large-scale farming of barley and wheat in Mau Melili.

"She was the compassionate mother of many in Narok county who supported many orphaned children,” the spokesman said.

(Edited by Bilha Makokha)