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Sunday 31 August 2014


A Narok  MP allied to The National Alliance party has broken ranks with party boss Uhuru Kenyatta and  threatened to lead the Maasai community in supporting referendum being planned by Cord leaders.

Narok North MP Moitalel ole Kenta said that his unexpected move has been provoked by the Jubilee coalition and Narok county government led by Governor Samuel ole Tunai to allegedly blacklist his Narok North constituency on development matters and appointment and employment of senior government officers

He said that although the decision has not been fully arrived at, plans were under way for an all inclusive meeting  to  deliberate on their push for a referendum alongside Cord leaders because the  local and central governments have marginalised Maasais from the Purko clan and other community members living in the county.

Kenta was speaking after inspecting ongoing roads repairs in Nkareta ward funded by his Narok North CDF.
The MP was accompanied CDF chairman Benson Suyadet and community leaders including chiefs.
“The majority of the members of the Maasai community from my constituency are asking the leaders to support referendum calls since they have been sidelined in all areas despite huge support they accorded Jubilee through me on TNA ticket,” said Kenta at Nchurra Eshumata Primary School.

He explained that it will be unfair for him to oppose the push for referendum while the people he is leading are supporting changes to be done in the constitution which they claim if implemented, will be favourable to them and will see them treated like others in society.
The legislator regretted that even the recent ambassadorial appointments by Uhuru did not favour any person from the Maa community.

He reminded Uhuru of overwhelming support his Narok North people gave Jubilee coalition and demanded a reciprocate gesture through employment of some of his people to senior positions.
“Despite stiff opposition from ODM led by veteran politician William ole Ntimama, the TNA team put up a spirited campaign and saw me cut short the political life of elderly politician Ntimama whom I respect a lot and we are together in the push for our rightful share of the national and county cake,’’ said Kenta as he vowed not to retreat if his case is not addressed with the seriousness it deserves.

The MP said it will not take  long  to see other senior Maasai leaders with similar views emerge when they launch the call for a meeting to discuss and come out with the community common stand on the plebiscite.

“We us Maasai community and other non Maa communities living in Narok county will meet and table our problems and that is the reason for us to resolve to support the referendum,”  said Kenta. 

He said he had no apology to make to anybody because it’s a fact most of the Maasais are agitating for parliamentary system of governance as opposed to the current presidential system.
Kenta said that illegal settlers in the Mau forest must be evicted because they are destroying the Mau ecosystem through illegal timber harvesting.

“The wildlife at the Maasai Mara depends on the waters from the Mau Forest. Destroying these forests means we are destroying our tourism sector. As leaders, we have a duty to stand firm and tell the people the truth,” said Kenta.

Kenta joined Ntimama in criticising the Deputy President William Ruto for saying that squatters in Mau Forest will have the cases dealt with in the next two years.

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