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Maa nation leaders in stormy BBI conference ahead of Narok Saturday rally

Kajiado governor, Joseph ole Lenku addresses Maa leaders converging in Narok on Friday ahead of Saturday BBI meeting/ GPS

At least 3, 000 delegates from across the Maa counties converged in Narok to brainstorm on the final proposals for Building Bridges Initiative.

Kajiado Governor Joseph Ole Lenku, who was appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta to lead the BBI charges in the Maa nation, moderated the session at Maasai Mara University.

Grassroots leaders from Narok, Kajiado, Samburu, Nakuru, Laikipia and Baringo counties poured out their concerns on inclusivity, sharing of natural resources, youth and women empowerment, and utilization of culture as a source of income for indigenous people.

The stormy session saw delegates talk freely about their hopes on the BBI as an avenue to correct some of the challenges facing the community.

Lenku was accompanied by his Narok counterpart, Samuel Tunai, Senators Ledama ole Kina and Judith Pareno, and MPs Moitalel ole Kenta, Peris Tobiko, Korei Lemein, Ken Aramat, Naisula Lesuuda, Katoo ole Metito, former Kajiado Governor David ole Nkedianye and more than 10 MCAs from Kajiado.

Others are MPs Kanchori Memusi, George Sunkuyia, Peris Tobiko and Johana Ng’eno.

Meanwhile, the more than 30,000 Kitet community Maasai from Kedong Ranch on the border of Kajiado, Narok and Nakuru counties, who this week threatened to disrupt the Narok BBI meeting, said on Friday they will attend to drive their agenda home.

Kitet community Maasai will drive their point home in Narok over their Kedong ranch they claim was grabbed.

Robinson Torome said they realised that blocking the Mai-Mahiu/Narok road would be causing stress to other road users on Saturday.

“We are saying we will be there in Narok to declare that we will not support the BBI until our Kedong’s 75,000 acres grabbed by known individuals revert to us,” said Torome on the phone.

The community on Tuesday had pledged to block the Narok meeting this Saturday until President Uhuru Kenyatta declares those who have allegedly taken over their ancestral land as grabbers.

They have also accused unnamed Maa leaders of being party to those who have grabbed their land and appealed to Kajiado governor, Joseph Lenku to assist them to get justice in the courts of law.

The community has a long-standing land case in Naivasha High Court with Kedong Ranch Company over ownership.

 

 

 

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