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Elders “annoint” crusader John Parit to face off with Katoo in 2022

John Parit receives tools of leadership from the elders in Kimana on August 13.
John Parit receives tools of leadership from the elders in Kimana on August 13.
Katoo ole Metito revolutionised the politics in the south and he is now the longest-serving MP in Kajiado and the national assembly.

It is 6.30 am, all the cows have been milked and their calves are waiting for a share of the milk as chirping birds celebrate sunrise.

In the homestead, guests, mainly the elderly, are arriving in big numbers from all the five wards in Kajiado South constituency.

Inside the main house is the owner, John Parit ole Singaru and his age-mate and ally, Joseph Citypan, as they fine-tuned the event of the day – emayian orguma ceremony.

This is the day the elders from the sub-sections of Ilaitayiok, Ilaiser, and Ilmolelian of Kajiado South Maasai communities, are endorsing Parit to take up leadership position in his society in the larger Ilkisonko and beyond the ridges of Kajiado region.

The emayian orguma ceremony is conducted by elders aged above 70 years, and who have been approved by the society as “clean like white cotton fibre”.

Respected Cream of the Society

They are the respected cream of the society, and their endorsement is the holiest thing one can undergo or achieve from the elders.

The last time that kind of blessing took place 20 years ago after the death of Kajiado South MP, Godfrey Parpai, in 2003.

Parpai was elected in December of 2002 as Kajiado South MP. Several months later, the MP who was elected on a Democratic Party ticket was taken ill and passed on later the following year.

His death prompted a by-election that saw Metito elected as MP.

It is said that from time immemorial, those seeking leadership positions had to consult such types of elders. 

Their endorsement is believed to clear all bad the omen that may interfere with the intended journey.

Former MP Philip Singaru led the leaders in spilling the milk on the skin that the politician placed his traditional stool, another sign of leadership.

Singaru, who comes from the same family as Parit, was Kajiado South MP for 10 years before he was defeated by Parpai in a general election.

Katoo/DP Ruto Meeting – Implication

Parit is announcing the start of his 2022 political journey barely three days after Kajiado South MP, Katoo ole Metito, led a delegation of leaders from the region to meet with Deputy President William Ruto.

At DP’s meeting, Ruto claimed there were plans by the operators of “Deep State” to stop him from setting his foot to State House.

At the home of Ole Singaru, the politician, elders told him to play his politics around President Uhuru Kenyatta. 

They even claimed the new politician and Metito’s political opponent is being backed by the system. 

From the statements coming out of several elders, it appeared that Parit and Metito will meet together at the ballot.

It was not immediately clear which party Singaru will launch his 2022 election bid, but he only said he is in the “system”.

This is giving indications that the battle between Parit and Metito as the two pick up their armies is going to be the toughest fight for the incumbent in 20 years.

Before the election of Metito in a by-election, 20 years ago, Kajiado South politics were almost unpredictable. 

Revolutionised Politics

Metito revolutionised the politics in the south and he is now the longest-serving MP in Kajiado and the national assembly.

Although Metito has built a political empire and trust amongst his supporters, it is also hard to dismiss the hidden energy in Parit because for close to two decades, he has been working closely with the communities in Kajiado South.

Politics, the world over, is the same. We have seen giants flowed by political greenhorns. The Kajiado South political question is likely to be the most interesting since the two political opponents belong to the same age set.

Both leaders have done and overseen a lot of development for their people. It is up to the electorate to pick who they believe will lead them after that coming general election.

Parit, who holds a Master’s Degree in International Management from Liverpool University and has enlisted at Harvard University for his doctorate course in the same field.

He is more associated with activism, rural water projects, and community empowerment than politics.

It Is a Calling

When asked if he is endearing himself to the people Kajiado South to seek an election, Parit said joining politics is a calling to serve his people from a different perspective.

“I am not endearing myself to the people. What has happened is that people of all walks have come to me. They are asking me to go to parliament and represent them,” said Parit in an interview.

“It is true I have been with them for close to two decades in developmental activities through my platforms. The number of projects I have initiated in this area of Kajiado South speaks volumes, and this is the reason everyone wants me to be their MP,” said Parit.

He has single-handedly worked with households and ensuring that his people get access to fresh water for domestic use.

Parit has also been issuing out grants to women and youth groups through the support of his American friends.

His wife, Dorcus, has also made a mark in society as she fights injurious traditions that complicate the lives of the girl child such as early marriages and circumcision.

Parit and his wife have so far sponsored more than 150 students through secondary schools, tertiary colleges, and universities.

Currently, the family is sponsoring 30 students in high schools and 5 in various universities. 

Ilaitayok, Ilaiser and Ilmolelian elders troop to the home of John Parit to anoint him for leadership position in 2022.
Ilaitayok, Ilaiser and Ilmolelian elders troop to the home of John Parit to anoint him for a leadership position in 2022.
John Parit on the left with his ally Joseph Citypan before he was annointed in a cowshed in his Kimana farm on August 13..
John Parit on the left with his ally Joseph Citypan before he was annointed in a cowshed in his Kimana farm on August 13.
Food in plenty for the Maa elders who annointed politician John Parit on August 13..
Food in plenty for the Maa elders who annointed politician John Parit on August 13.

 

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