Raila unites Maa leaders as North demand inclusivity in County

By Obegi Malack


Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has held a meeting with opposing groups in Maa Counties a head of Building Bridges’ initiative (BBI) rally in Narok County.

Odinga held closed door meeting in Maasai Lodge hotel, Kajiado North Constituency with the groups who have been holding parallel BBI meetings after appointment of Governor Joseph ole Lenku to chair BBI campaigns in South Rift region.

Lenku had formed a secretariat to co-ordinate BBI activities in Kajiado County after a meeting attended by MPs Katoo ole Metito ( Kajiado South) Joseph Manje (Kajiado North), George Sunkuyia (Kajiado West) and  ODM nominated senator Judith Pareno. He had also met with Odinga in his Capital Hill office and other Maa leaders.

A group led by MP Elijah Memusi (Kajiado Central) has been holding parallel meetings against governor Lenku’s team.

On the Monday meeting Raila ordered the politicians to put aside their personal differences and present issues that affect the community in a harmonized report to be considered in BBI.

The ODM party leader ordered the teams to present their proposals to be harmonized a head of BBI rally to be held on 22nd  February in William Ole Ntimama/Narok Stadium. Cabinet Secretary for Environment Keriako Tobiko is the secretary of the teams.

Opinion leaders from Ngong Ward, Kajiado North constituency present their BBI proposals in Nkoroi . Photo Obegi Malack

There will be delegates meeting on Friday for harmonization of the proposals and preparation of Saturday rally.

Governor Lenku will remain chairperson of the South Rift region, he will co-coordinate the BBI campaigns in the regions.

Those who have been holding parallel meetings against Lenku are Narok Senator Ledama ole Kina , MPs Peris Tobiko (Kajiado Central East ) Naisula Lesuuda (Samburu West), former governor David Nkedianye, Kajiado Senator Peter Mositet , Tarayia Ole Kores and former NTSA director Francis Meja among others.

Lenku had also attended BBI meeting in Nkoroi, Kajiado North Constituency where residents were given a chance to present their proposals.

Area MP Joseph Manje said the opinion leaders had proposed to have communities share top leadership positions in the county level, they proposed those seeking for gubernatorial positions to have other communities as their running mates.

“They proposed if governor is from Maasai community the deputy governor should be from another community, there should be equitable distribution of resources,” he said. He told off senator Ledama who he accused of dividing the people of Kajiado, the senator had said the MP cannot articulate Maa issues.

Nominated MCA Onesmus Ngogoyo said the senator should respect the MP and allow inclusivity.

The locals also proposed population of the region to be used in sharing of county resources and more personnel and resources be channeled to Municipalities. The county has been allocating equal funds to each Ward.

The attendees also proposed for official languages to be used during public and official meetings. Those born in the county should also be considered as indigenous community.

Those who attended the Maasai Lodge meeting are Narok Governor Samuel Ole Tunai, Samburu Deputy Governor Julius Leseeto, Senators Ledama Ole Kina ( Narok), Judith Pareno ( Nominated) and MPs Peris Tobiko (Kajiado East), Elijah Memusi ( Kajiado Central), Naisuula Lesuuda ( Samburu West), Moitalel Ole Kenta ( Narok North), George Sunkuyia ( Kajiado West), Gedion Konchela ( Kilgoris), former Kajiado governor David Nkedianye, former Kajiado senator Peter Mositet, former MP Moses ole Sakuda, politician Tarayia Ole Kores among others.

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