Kenya Elections: Maasai Leaders Endorse Raila As Presidential Candidate

Maasai leaders from Kajiado and Narok Counties converged in Narok and passed what they termed the Suswa Declaration – to vote for Raila Odinga in the forthcoming Kenya elections, arguing that he will protect their rights to own land.

The group was led by Kajiado Governor David Nkedianye, Narok gubernatorial candidates Patrick ole Ntutu of Chama Cha Mashinani (CCM) and ODM’s Joseph Tiambati. They said Raila has demonstrated that he has the interests of the

They said Raila has demonstrated that he has the interests of the Maa community at heart and they can no longer gamble with their votes.

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“As Maa speaking tribes we have made up our minds about who to vote for on Tuesday next week, being the general elections. And that is no other than Raila Amolo Odinga of the National Super Alliance,” declared Nkedianye.

He spoke at the historic Suswa grounds in Narok East constituency on Wednesday, where the NASA principals led by Raila addressed one of their final rallies in the region. Nkedianye said their major problem, over the years, has been

Nkedianye added that their major problem, over the years, has been land issues and rights, which successive government regimes had failed to solve.

He further said that Raila has demonstrated the capabilities and willingness to resolve the issues once and for all.

“We want Mr. Odinga to assure us that the land cabinet secretary will be from the Maasai community as a clear demonstration that NASA is willing to help us resolve the land issue and implement the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) report,” he said.

A group of Maa elders performed a ritual to bless the NASA leaders and endorse the declaration by the political leaders. The NASA Presidential Candidate was accompanied by his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka, NASA co-principals Musalia Mudavadi and Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto.

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Circumstances Surrounding Kenya Elections

The struggles behind this year’s Kenya elections has not been for the faint hearted. Many innocent citizens have fallen victims to some form of violence as fear grips the nation with the D-day just four days away.

From two dead bodies, one belonging to Christopher Msando, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission ICT manager, of Kenya being found on the outskirts of Nairobi to deputy president William Ruto‘s house being attacked by a local man armed with a machete in a siege that lasted for 18 hours.

The world is watching as President Uhuru Kenyatta seeks a re-election while the former Prime Minister of the country, Raila Odinga, hopes to unseat him.

A recent poll, however, suggests that the incumbent will emerge victorious.