, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 14 – Thousands of Kenyans led by President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Head of State Daniel Moi turned up for the burial ceremony of the late former Cabinet Minister William Ole Ntimama where he was remembered for unifying the Maasai community.
While reading his eulogy, his son Timothy Ntimama described him as a man who will be remembered for fighting for the rights of the Maasai.
He described him as a fearless leader who stood for what he believed in and never budged despite pressure from around.
“Everybody dies but great souls resurrect. What we have done for ourselves dies with us but what we have done for others remain forever,” he stated.
He further recalled his love for the Maasai herbal medicine and the petition he presented to the British Government to give the Maasai their land.
“His leadership style will never be forgotten.”
His other children and grand children remembered his charisma which they described as something which will never be forgotten.
They praised his loyalty which they say set him apart especially as a politician.
“Every politician must know when to release a punch and when to hold it.”
His daughter Lydia Ntimama pointed out how her father was always punctual.
“He was always punctual and even at this ceremony he was here well before we got here. He was fearless and intelligent,” she said.
She however stated that despite being firm, Ntimama loved to have fun specifically dancing and encouraged others to do so.
“He always took us out and encouraged us to dance and even sing. He even made us promise to look after Mama when he died, and baba, we assure you we will do just that.
During the ceremony, tribute videos prepared by his children and grandchildren was also played in remembrance of him.