Elders favour Metito for Maa spokesman
‘He’s young and will grow into the position’
The Orkila Orok Maasai Council of Elders yesterday endorsed Kajiado South MP Katoo ole Metito as community spokesman. They said he is best suited to succeed former Heritage minister William ole Ntimama
Ntimama died at his Melili home on September 1. The elders said Metito will be the interim community spokesman for members in Narok, Kajiado, Samburu and Laikipia counties, as he has been approved by the community.
The elders, led by secretary Samson ole Rotiken, spoke to the press in a Narok hotel.
“We have done our groundwork from the family and community background and found that Metito is the best for the position. He is young, barely 43 years, and will grow into the position,” Rotiken said.
He said since Metito joined politics in 2002, he has proved he has the community’s interests at heart. Rotiken said Metito’s support for Interior CS Joseph Lenku during his tenure was great show of leadership. “The lawmaker is not a selfish leader, unlike others,” he said.
Narok North Youth leader Samson Keiwua said Metito’s reelection to Parliament for the third time indicates he is a leader who commands respect in the community.
Rotiken said they expect the MP to pursue implementation of the TJRC report on Maasai land injustices and develop Maasai counties.
During Ntimama’s pre-burial ceremony, Metito said the former MP mentored him for 10 years. He proposed the Maasai Mara University in Narok be renamed in honour of Ntimama.