MOURNING HON WILLIAM OLE NTIMAMA:
It is with a great sense of personal loss that I have this morning learnt of the passing away of former Cabinet Minister Hon William ole Ntimama. His passing truly marks an end to an era.
Hon Ntimama has passed on after a life of commitment to the public good. We will remember Bill as an untiring advocate for the rights of indigenous communities who have been trampled on from the colonial times, through post-colonial Kenya to date.
Hon Ntimama was particularly passionate about the uplifting of his long deprived Maasai community and the community’s land rights. His passion for the welfare of the Maa in particular and other pastoral communities in general turned him into a strong champion of environmental conservation. He understood that environment is life not only for pastoralists but for all humanity.
His death deprives the country of a critical voice on critical issues that the nation ought to confront. We have lost a forward looking man who, despite his advancing age and failing health, always believed that better days lay ahead.
I have lost a personal and honest friend in his death.
On this occasion, Mama Ida and I convey heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Hon Ntimama.
HON RAILA A. ODINGA;
CORD COALITION/ ODM PARTY LEADER
SEPTEMBER 2, 2016.