The Maa community has ditched former Cabinet Minister William Ole Ntimama as their spokesperson. instead, the Maa Council of Elders anointed Kajiado Governor Joseph Ole Lenku as Ntimama’s successor, saying the time had come to fill the gap left by the maverick former Cabinet Minister.
The elders anointed the Governor the community’s spokesman in a coronation ceremony held in Nakuru County.
The elders were drawn from six counties where the Maa speaking communities live. They are Narok, Kajiado, Samburu, Baringo, Laikipia, and Nakuru.
The elders who are led by Mzee John Ole Maitai said they had chosen Ole Lenku after a lot of souls searching.
“In the six counties where we the Maa live, we have settled on Lenku to be the link between our community and the Government and other stakeholders. We are satisfied (that) he has the energy and intellect to carry this baton of leadership. He is an energetic horse on whose back the Maa people will ride,” said Mzee Maitai who has served as chairman for 30 years.
“We have seen his bold pronouncements on land matters, culture preservation, and other issues. We have bestowed on him the responsibility of uniting all of us and protect our interests as a community,” said Maitai.