President Uhuru Kenyatta has overruled a theory being peddled by a section of Kajiado Maasai aimed at barring non-locals from seeking elective positions.
Kenyatta made the remark while addressing some 400 opinion leaders from Kajiado and Narok counties at State House on Thursday night. Also in attendance were Kajiado North MCAs led by county assembly chief whip, Onesmas Ngogoyo.
The President, who was in company of Interior CS, Joseph Nkaissery was candid when he said Kajiado County is indeed a cosmopolitan region carrying the face of Kenya in terms of tribal representation.
He said his resolve is to unite the country and ensure cohesion among all the tribes wherever they are. Kajiado County, he said, is one among the many cosmopolitan counties in the republic where all the seats should be shared fairly among the residents.
The head of state appeared to be answering a section of Maasais, who three months ago, declared in Isinya town that non-Maasais should not dream of vying any elective positions in the county.
During the meeting in which the declaration was made and which was later attended by governor David Nkedianye, the Maasai community had warned of “serious repercussions” in the event that non-Maasais will attempt to seek election in the August general elections.
Nkedianye, who was briefed of the declaration made earlier, did not comment on the matter in the national language but went on to address the more than 100 elders and politicians present without any reference to earlier remarks.
During the State House meeting at 7pm, the President made it clear that he has not endorsed any particular candidate among the gubernatorial aspirants in Jubilee Party and therefore it was up to the concerned to fight for the position of carrying the flag ahead of the August 8 general elections.
Kenyatta said those claiming they have been endorsed by State House or the President are peddling lies and are not being sincere to the electorate.
“I want to make it clear here tonight that those who have shown interest have the right to fight on to the nominations on the April 21 and whoever makes it as the party’s flag bearer shall have my endorsement. There are no sacred cows in this race and let the people of Kajiado pick their best for our party,” said Kenyatta.
Before the President spoke, several opinion leaders had inquired if the Presidency had special preference for any of the gubernatorial candidates.
Some had also asked if the President had endorsed anyone among the JP candidates in Kajiado East.
In the last one month, social media pages have been awash with information that former Interior CS, Joseph Lenku and Kajiado Women Representative, Mary Seneta have been endorsed by the Presidency.
The President said he is not aware of any endorsements, adding that the people of Kajiado should make their own judgment on the kind of leaders they ought to elect in August.
Four aspirants have registered interest in the seat of Kajiado governor. Lenku, Tarayia Kores, George King’ori and Moses Parantai will face off each other on April 21 and whoever wins will be the JP’s flag bearer in the August general elections.