Former powerful Minister and undisputed Masai community Kingpin Hon William ole Ntimama has thrown his weight behind Mr Elijah Memusi, the ODM candidate in tomorrowâ€™s Kajiado Central by-election.
The legendary Ntimama is set to bless the CORD candidate at a brief function at his Narok home, a move that will effectively bury Uhuru Kenyatta’s JAP candidate chance of even coming close to Elijah Memusi.
Hon Ntimama said the by-election is crucial because it affects the entire Maa community. â€œMemusi is the right candidate for this seat. I appeal to the people of Kajiado to heed my advice and give him a chance,â€ .
He described Memusi as the hope of the Maasai because he has been brought up in the community. He said this is a chance for the Maasai to prove their unity. Ntimama said after serving the people of Kenya and particularly Narok for more than 40 years, he understands the challenges that the Maasai face. â€œIf the people of Kajiado want their interest to be well represented, they should elect Memusi,â€ Hon Ntimama added.
Ntimamaâ€™s support for Memusi is seen as crucial for the CORD candidateâ€™s win of the Purko votes in the constituency. â€œI will be going to Narok for Ntimamaâ€™s blessings on Sunday before voting on Monday,â€ said Memusi.
Kajiado Central is fairly cosmopolitan with Kamba and Kikuyu immigrants communities being the a significant minority. Somali and Kisii also have presence that will br crucial in a tight a race.
Kamba votes will effectively neutralise the Kikuyu vote while the Kisii and Somali votes will be the winning card for Memusi assuming the Maasai vote will be a tie. However with Ntimama’s endorsement its widely excpeted that Memusi will win with a margin of 3000 votes.
It is widely believed that wrangles in Narok county where URP MPs and senator were arbitrary arrested by the Uhuru regime was the start of a natural death of URP/Jubilee in Masai nation.
Meanwhile, political analysts say wrangles among Narok County leaders and jitters in the South Rift over the formation of the Jubilee Alliance Party (JAP) could determine the outcome of the by-election. No consultation They say the formation of JAP, which some local leaders claim was done without consultation, and anger over the arrest of Narok leaders during violent January protests over poor governance could turn tables in favour of ODM in tomorrowâ€™s by-election.
”There is no doubt Senator Ntutu and all the four URP MPs from Narok and other leaders opposed to Jubilee enjoy huge support from the populous Purko clan. And they have vowed to mobilise the electorate in Kajiado Central to vote for the ODM candidate,â€ noted lawyer Ledama ole Kina, a Narok resident and opinion leader well versed with the regionâ€™s politics.