Maasai leaders want Maasai Mara University renamed after Ntimama
13 September 2016, 13:47
Narok - Kajiado South MP, Katoo ole Metito has suggested that Maasai Mara University in Narok County be renamed Ntimama Maasai Mara University in honour of former heritage minister, the late William ole Ntimama.
Metito said that renaming of the institution is meant to recognize the former Narok North MP who died on September 1 in his Melili home, as he is among the people who fought for the minority group.
The MP was responding to the locals leaders plea who wanted the museum, library and the university named after the former cabinet minister in cognizance of the role he played in the community.
He made the remarks during inter-denominational prayers for Ntimama at his Motonyi home in Narok town on Monday.
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In attendance were Cord leader Raila Odinga, Governors Samuel Tunai (Narok), David Nkedianye (Kajiado), Narok Senator Stephen Ntutu, MPs Moitalel ole Kenta (Narok North), Patrick Ntutu (Narok West), Korei ole Lemein (Narok South), Ken Kiloku ( Narok East),Gideon Konchellah, (Kilgoris), Soipan Kudate (Narok Women Representative) and Elijah Memusi (Kajiado Central).
“The locals can petition the national assembly and the matter be taken to education committee who will write the report before bringing the motion in the floor of the house and once adopted, it will be send to Education Cabinet Secretary for action,” said Metito.
He also said that the other option is for locals to directly petition Education CS who will in turn issue a directive for a change of the name.
At the same time, Metito said Ntimama mentored him to be what he is now.
“When I was a fourth year student at Nairobi University in 2002, Ntimama called me and gave me a Range Rover car having met for the first time. And that helped me in my campaign because I won the seat on Narc ticket and to date I am still the MP,” said Metito.
On his part, Tunai urged the family members to consult and agree on which institution they want renamed after the fallen kingpin of the Maasai community.
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