Former cabinet minister and Maasai community leader William ole Ntimama is dead.
The long time Narok north MP died of natural causes at his Melili home in Narok county on Thursday night according to the family.
The family said Ntimama was in a jovial mood the whole day and was not in pain.
”Ntimama was scheduled to conduct a fundraising in aid of women in Olchorro area.”
”He had invited former senate aspirant Andrew ole Sunkuli to assist him in the harambee and thats why he decided to spend his day in his Melili home.”
The renowned Maasai legend retired from politics in 2013 .
For more than four decades, he championed the rights of the marginalized Maasai people.
The 86 year old became the spokesman of the community, serving as chairman of the powerful Narok county council for 15 years.
William ole Ntimama’s foray into parliamentary politics was in 1988 when he ousted the great Justus Kantet ole Tipis. He then became a strong ally of then President Daniel Arap Moi in Maasai land.
For 25 years, Ntimama served as a Member of Parliament and cabinet minister in various capacities.
Not without controversy, Ntimama was blamed for orchestrating attacks against non-Maasai in Narok.
He was a strong supporter of Raila Odinga and ODM for seven years. In 2014, he expressed his regret for not supporting Uhuru Kenyata before joining his Jubilee party.
ODM has however put out a statement mourning the death of the former minister.
Kisumu Senator Anyang’ Nyong’o commended Ntimama for his uncompromising defense of the rights of ordinary Kenyans, especially the Maasai. The statement read:
”Ntimama’s era has come to an end in Kenyan politics. In ODM, he was revered and never flinching to speak his mind. He always hit the nail on the head with the comfort of his voluminous laughter.”