NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 2- President Uhuru Kenyatta has described the late Cabinet Minister William 0le Ntimama as a great leader who devoted the prime years of his life to the service of the nation.
He says Ntimama’s devotion to the national cause and values will forever remain etched in the minds of Kenyans specifically in Narok County where he served as a Member of Parliament.
“Hon Ntimama was equally generous, cheerful and friendly. To everyone who knew and had the opportunity to interact with him, he was a person of enormous influence and outstanding ability. His wise counsel and guidance will, indeed, be missed by many,” the President said.
“As we mourn and pay homage to this visionary leader, let us also celebrate his life and achievements.”
The President said Ntimama’s “inspirational life will remain a great legacy to his family and many others who knew him. We are privileged that he lived amongst us and we thank God for the time we shared with him.”
Narok Governor Samuel Tunai on his part said Ntimama was a believer of a life of truth, justice, equality and servant leadership, evident in his illustrious career.
“We cannot emphasise how much poorer we are left by his death. So much can and will be said of his kindness, hard work, vision and infectious laughter,” the Governor mourned.
“Yet, by the nature of his example while he lived, no books written will ever be enough to celebrate and explore his rich leadership legacy, that generations to come will be forever charmed, and indebted to him.”
Others leaders who spoke following Ntimama’s death include ODM Secretary General Agnes Zani, who says he contributed immensely to the growth of the party and the strengthening of its grassroots support base across the country.
“The ODM party remembers Hon Ntimama as a man who stood by his word and never minced anything he said. He was an astute debater in Parliament and a defender of poor,” Zani said of the self-proclaimed King of the Maasai community.
Senator Anyang Nyong’o and Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery are among the political leaders who also sent their condolence messages to his family and the country.
“With the passing on of Mzee William Ntimama an era has come to an end in Kenyan politics. Bill was the epitome of Kenyan nationalism with his uncompromising defence of the rights of ordinary Kenyans especially the Maasai,” Senator Nyong’o said.
The Interior CS said: “He was a fearless politician who was not scared to speak the truth to high and mighty, something which earned Hon. Ntimama great admiration at local and national levels.”
Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua praised Ntimama saying, “It was great working with you. Your command of English, contagious laugh & analytical mind were amazing.”