Elders favour Metito for Maa spokesman

‘He’s young and will grow into the po­si­tion’

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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.

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