PA­TRICK OLE NTUTU: MAA­SAI ARISTOCRAT NOW POLITI­CIAN

Ini­tially I was re­luc­tant but they re­minded me that I am a son of a para­mount chief. Ap­par­ently they set­tled on me ... since my elder brother had been cho­sen to go for the Narok Se­nate Seat.”

The Star (Kenya) - - Front Page - ED­WIN NYARANGI @Ed­winN­yarangi

Pa­trick Ntutu re­gards Deloris Jor­dan as his se­cond mother.

Deloris, the Pres­i­dent of the Michael Jor­dan Foun­da­tion, is also the mother of leg­endary Bas­ket­ball Star, Michael Jor­dan.

The MP met the star’s mother in 1993 when a group of tourists from Chicago, US, toured his vil­lage.

“The visit turned my life for the bet­ter,” says the MP nos­tal­gi­cally.

Deloris led the team, which in­cluded stu­dents from Chicago pub­lic schools, for an African tour.

The stu­dents had won a city-wide con­test in the US which in­volved show­ing im­prove­ment in school grades, good at­ti­tude and school at­ten­dance and their tour of the world fa­mous Ma­sai Mara in­cluded his vil­lage

At the meet­ing, Deloris of­fered Ntutu a schol­ar­ship through the Foun­da­tion to pur­sue his Univer­sity ed­u­ca­tion.

The MP had com­pleted his sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion two years ear­lier and had missed a place in the Kenyan pub­lic uni­ver­si­ties.

In­ci­den­tally, the schol­ar­ship was ini­tially meant for his sis­ter, Beatrice, but she de­clined and rec­om­mended Ntutu in­stead.

Armed with the schol­ar­ship, Ntutu flew out in 1994 to pur­sue a course in Ho­tel Man­age­ment but Deloris would hear none of it.

“She warned me that if I in­sisted in pur­su­ing that course she would put me in the next plane back home,” he says.

He then opted for a De­gree in Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

He would stay in the US for eight years within which time he worked at a restau­rant owned by Michael Jor­dan for three years.

On his re­turn in 2002, he worked as Dis­trict Of­fi­cer rising to the po­si­tion of Act­ing Dis­trict Com­mis­sioner, be­fore el­ders ap­proached with a re­quest to con­test in the newly cre­ated Narok West Con­stituency.

“Ini­tially I was re­luc­tant but they re­minded me that I am a son of a para­mount chief,” he says. “Ap­par­ently they set­tled on me out of my many sib­lings since my elder brother had been cho­sen to go for the Narok Se­nate Seat.”

Since his elec­tion as MP, he has helped in the con­struc­tion of 10 sec­ondary schools.

He has also pur­chased eight buses for schools and put up a CDF of­fice block at Le­mek.

He is sup­port­ing over 200 needy stu­dents in sec­ondary schools and an­other 60 stu­dents in var­i­ous.

He would like to repli­cate what he has done in his con­stituency in the en­tire Narok County when he be­comes the gover­nor in 2022.

PA­TRICK NTUTU RE­GARDS DELORIS JOR­DAN (MOTHER OF LEG­ENDARY BAS­KET­BALL STAR, MICHAEL JOR­DAN) AS HIS SE­COND MOTHER

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