By Bell Pere
Two days before the arrest of controversial Emurua Dikirr MP Johana
Ngeno, the legislator was installed as a Kipsigis spokesman in Narok county.
The ceremony was conducted by the Ololmasani council of elders at
Olchobose Shrine, Ololmasani Ward, in Transmara East sub county recently.
The elders led by chairman John Tonui handed Ngeno leadership tools such as a traditional walking stick befitting Kipsigis elder.
Tonui said that the traditional walking stick is a symbol of power and leadership.
“We are giving you this as a sign of leadership and we expect you to advise the Kipsigis community on the political direction,” said Tonui.
The following weekend Ngeno attended a function at Olgos where he is being accused of peddling hate speech.
Ngeno, 48, is the only elected MP from the Kipsigis community residing in Narok County.
He first tried his luck in politics in 2007 by contesting Kilgoris parliamentary seat on ODM ticket but lost to incumbent GideonKonchellah.
In 2013 general election, he won Emurua Dikirr seat Kenya National Congress seat after beating URP’s David Keter.
In the last general election, he defended his seat on Kanu ticket, after being fierce critic of Jubilee government, and beat his closest contestant David Keter of Jubilee party in a tough race.
Ngeno undertook undergraduate studies in International law at Kyiv TSN University, Ukraine in 2006 before pursued a Master of Arts in International Studies at University of Nairobi in 2012.
He also did bachelor of Laws at Mt Kenya University in 2013. Soon after elections, the vocal legislator ironed out his differences with Deputy President William Ruto and started supporting him and his 2022 presidential ambitions.
DP Ruto and MP Ngeno buried their hatchet during a meeting at Kapkatet stadium in 2018 and agreed to work together.
“If there is somebody who will be against your presidential ambitions,count me out because I am your brother and will campaign for you,” said Ngeno.
In 2018, Ngeno surprised many people when he married his longtime girlfriend Naiyanoi Ntutu, who is a lawyer.
Naiyanoi hails from the famous family of Paramount Chief Lerionka
Ntutu family in Narok County.
She is a daughter to prominent lawyer Livingstone Ntutu, brother to
Labour CAS Patrick and former Narok senator Stephen ole Ntutu.
At one point in 2016, Narok governor Samuel Tunai engaged in bitter exchange with Ng’eno during a function in Kilgoris attended by DP Ruto
A visibly angry Tunai told off Ng’eno whom he accused of lecturing them on development issues including on health services saying that Ng’eno should first get married before his criticism, adding that he does not know the pain of pregnant women.
But the two leaders later agreed to work together for the benefit of the people of Narok.