Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka on Sunday led other leaders in Kajiado to congratulate Governor Joseph ole Lenku on his enthronement as Maa kingpin.
“Those Maa Council of Elders who picked out Lenku as Maasai spokesperson amongst thousands of other leaders must have done due diligence on your governor,” said Musyoka at church service in Kitengela.
Musyoka told Lenku to “stand to the occasion and prove his salt” by uniting the Maa nation and leading them to the right direction.
The Wiper leader said the leadership of such magnitude calls for sobriety supernatural skills to navigate the six Maa counties to unite the nation.
The same sentiments were shared by former Kajiado senator Peter Mositet, former Nairobi county assembly speaker Alex Magelo, Wiper NEC member Peter ole Musei.
Mositet thanked the Maa Council of Elders for picking Lenku, adding that his enthronement is a big score to Kajiado.
Musei, who invited the governor to the church event in Kitengela, said before Kenyatta and Raila brought in the handshake, Lenku had already shaken hands with those who opposed him in the 2017 general election.
Others who congratulated governor Lenku were MPs Patrick Makau, Ben Momanyi, politician David Parseina, who invited Musyoka to Kajiado, and former Kajiado governor David Nkedianye.
Lenku explained that his enthronement was a surprise to him, adding that what was a mere visit to good old friends was turned into a ceremony.
“Little did I know that I would be given such a position in society? I knew the council chairman as just a friend but when I reached his home in Gilgil, he had other elders from six Maa counties, and that was it,” said Lenku.
Parseina said governor Lenku is focused, development conscious, and accessible leader to his people.
“The good thing about him is that he has taken development to the grassroots,” said Parseina.
But elsewhere, former Olkejuado county council chairman, Tarayia ole Kores disparaged Lenku’s enthronement saying the leadership of such magnitude is not given but is “earned”.
Kores claimed Lenku “bribed” the elders for the alleged “kickback”.
On Monday, Kajiado county assembly leadership attacked those demeaning Lenku’s enthronement saying the governor earned the position of spokesman.
Speaker Johnson Osoi said governor Lenku is the chairman of Kajiado/Narok Economic block and was not appointed by the elders.
“When the BBI came, President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed him to head South Rift. Why was he appointed by the president? It is because he fits that position,” said Osoi.
Osoi said the elders who appointed Lenku to be spokesman are “sane” and known across the Maa nation as upright elders.
He said the position of Maa spokesman cannot be either bought or campaigned for but rather it is earned.
Some of the MCAs who spoke in support of Lenku included Jackline Lalaito and John Moipaai.