NO DIVISIVE POLITICS

Maasai, Kipsigis elders unite to preach peace ahead of polls

Say they will work together for the good of the two communities before and after the polls.

In Summary

• They also agreed to support Deputy President William Ruto for president and Labour CAS Patrick ole Ntutu to succeed Narok Governor Samuel Tunai next year.

• Ntutu assured the Kipsigis community that their interests will be catered to just like other tribes if they elect the Labour CAS as governor.

Ololmasani MCA Richard Keter, Kimintet MCA Kuyo ole Kijabe, former Narok Senator Stephen ole Ntutu and Ololmasani Council of Elders chairman John Tonui during a peace meeting at Olchobose Shrine in Transmara East subcounty.
Ololmasani MCA Richard Keter, Kimintet MCA Kuyo ole Kijabe, former Narok Senator Stephen ole Ntutu and Ololmasani Council of Elders chairman John Tonui during a peace meeting at Olchobose Shrine in Transmara East subcounty.
Image: KIPLANG'AT KIRUI

Kipsigis and Maasai elders have come together to ensure peaceful co-existence between the two communities ahead of next year’s general elections.

The elders met at Olchobose Shrine in Transmara East.

The Maasai community was represented by former Narok Senator Stephen ole Ntutu and Kimintet MCA Kuyo ole Kijabe. Elders from the Kipsigis side were led by Ololmasani MCA Richard Keter and Ololmasani Council of Elders chairman John Tonui.

They also agreed to support Deputy President William Ruto for president and Labour CAS Patrick ole Ntutu to succeed Narok Governor Samuel Tunai next year.

Ntutu urged Kenyans to maintain peace as the general election nears.

“Even as we engage in politics, there is a need for peace among ourselves. That can only be achieved if we preach messages of peace and not divisive politics,” the former senator said.

He assured the Kipsigis community that their interests will be catered to just like other tribes if they elect the Labour CAS as governor.

“Our family of the paramount chief Lerionka ole Ntutu has always been on the frontline in ensuring peace among all the communities in Narok. That is what we are continuing to advocate for,” Ntutu said.

Kimintet MCA Kuyo ole Kijabe, former Narok Senator Stephen ole Ntutu and Ololmasani MCA Richard Keter during a peace meeting at Olchobose Shrine in Transmara East subcounty.
Kimintet MCA Kuyo ole Kijabe, former Narok Senator Stephen ole Ntutu and Ololmasani MCA Richard Keter during a peace meeting at Olchobose Shrine in Transmara East subcounty.
Image: KIPLANG'AT KIRUI

Kijabe said that after lengthy deliberations with all the leaders, they decided to back CAS Ntutu.

“The younger Ntutu will bring tangible change in this county, as he had portrayed himself as a true leader. I am urging residents to elect him as the second governor because his style of leadership is different and live up to his promises,” he said.

“Narok is a cosmopolitan county that incorporates all tribes and races. The leadership should be inclusive to ensure free interaction, peace and unity.”

Emurua Dikirr MP Johana Ng’eno said there is need for negotiated democracy in the county for political balance to be achieved.

CAS Ntutu said he will vie for the governor's post on the UDA ticket. He pledged to support DP Ruto and unite all communities in the county.

“Given the chance to lead, I will protect the interests of all the communities residing in the county. My administration will be all-inclusive and fair to all. I will work towards improving the lives of all the people,” he said.

Edited by A.N