The Ilmusakara community members of Kajiado East Maasai led by their elders have declared support for Governor Joseph Lenku’s reelection.
Governor Joseph Lenku and Kaputiei North MCA, Joshua Olowuasa during declaration.
During a meeting held at the home of Moses Seet on Saturday, more than 2, 500 members of the community said they will support and campaign for Lenku’s reelection in 2022.
Their self-declared community kingpin and Kaputiei North MCA, Joshua Olowuasa, who rallied the member’ support said the declaration to support Lenku is historic for they have never supported any leader from outside their own.
Ilmusakara community in Kajiado East Constituency is the most single populous group of county Maasai that contributes 50 per cent of voters in every election year in the past two decades, according to Olowuasa.
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Interestingly, all elected Kajiado East constituency MCAs come from the Ilmusakara section of the Kaputiei people starting from Kenyewa/Poka’s Henry Kimiti, Paul Matuyia (Kitengela), Francis Kaesha (Oloosirkon/Sholinke), Kaputiei North’s Olowuasa and imaroro MCA Amos Peshut.
The men and women who spoke during the declaration included senior members of the Maasai section led by Philip ole Lemein, Samuel Lalaine, Ole Ketere, Timothy Tait (youth rep) and Alice Lesiamo.
The Ilmusakara, were however cautious in their declaration in support of the governor. The told Lenku it is the effort of Olowuasa to unite their people in Kaputiei North and therefore he should forsake their leader as he position’s himself for his re-election.
“We are pleased to announce to you that we are happy with your work and you have proved to be a unifying factor in a county that had remained divided for many generations because of leaders who fronted clanism,” said Lemein.
Sarah Lepatei, representing the youthful women of the Ilmusakara kaputiei, told Lenku to open up to the youth and assist them develop their profession and providing them with opportunities to economic growth.
The elders, who spoke before the governor and the MCA, said they supported former governor David Nkedianye because they had no other choice of a leader but regretted at the end of the five years he ruled the county.
“You have only been at the helm of the county but we have realised development that we never saw in the last five years,” said Lemein.
He went on; “What we need is not handouts from leaders, we need our children to get jobs and open for them opportunities to progress their career.”
Speaking during the occasion, Olowuasa underscored the various projects Governor Lenku has initiated in Kaputiei North Ward.
Governor Lenku, who spoke in Maa language the entire session, said his wish is to have a united Kajiado that is bound together away from the spirits of clanism that is the reason the Maasai have remained divided for many generations.