, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 9 – Former Cabinet Minister William Ole Ntimama Tuesday led leaders from Narok and Laikipia in announcing that they are prepared to join the Jubilee Party en-masse.
The leaders who included Narok Senator Stephen ole Ntutu, Laikipia East MP Mathew Lempurkel and Emurua Dikir MP Johana Ngeno said their announcement is a culmination of discussions within the Maasai community.
Ntimama said they called on President Kenyatta to announce their decision to rally behind the party of his choice.
“We Maasais have spoken and we have decided to support you and join Jubilee,” said the former Cabinet Minister.
Ntimama said he will visit all regions with Maa speaking people in the country to rally support for Jubilee.
“I have interacted with you and I know that you have culture and you have respect,” said Ntimama.
President Kenyatta said the decision by the Maasai leaders was welcomed as it strengthens the plan to unite all Kenyans.
“We want to create parties that are national and not those that that compete on tribal issues,” said President Kenyatta.
He reiterated his assurance that nominations in the new party will be guided by democracy.
“It is the people who will decide who will represent them. If you want to become an MP or MCA it’s the people who will make that decision,” said President Kenyatta.
President Kenyatta said anyone aspiring to contest on Jubilee Party ticket should rest assured that he or she will be treated equally.
Lempurkel said their announcement comes after lengthy discussions within the community on the political direction they will take.
“The Maasai have spoken. My people have said the right time has come for us to join the new party,” said the Laikipia East MP.
The legislator also thanked the President for serving all Kenyans equally.