Leaders and elders from the Maasai community from Laikipia County have cautioned Narok Senator Ledama ole Kina and former Laikipia North MP Mathew Lempurkel against speaking on issues concerning Laikipia saying they did not belong to the area.
They noted that the two have been all over in the media addressing matters Laikipia while in essence they knew very little.
Speaking over the weekend during the installation of former National Assembly Speaker Francis Ole Kaparo as the sole Laikipia Maasai spokesperson at his home in Kimanjo village, the leaders and elders cautioned the two politicians against issuing inciting statements.
“Ledama is hundreds and hundreds of kilometers away from Laikipia and should not engage in our local matters while Lempurkel comes from Samburu County,” said Lekorere.
Led by Laikipia North MP Sarah Lekorere, the leaders advised Senator Ledama to focus his energy in his county where he was elected.
“We have lived harmoniously with other communities here in Laikipia and we do not want people from outside to come and incite. We are not friends with murderers, people driving others away from their homes and thieves,” said Lekorere.
She rooted for education of children of school going age to eliminate outdated cultural practices like cattle rustling adding that moranism ended in Laikipia in the 80s.
The installation of Kaparo as the community’s spokesperson means that anyone willing to speak to the community must go through him for them to get express authority.
Kaparo was enthroned to the position by elders drawn from the five clans of Ilng’wesi, Lewaso, Ildigiri, Ilmumonyot and Ilmokoodo. Maasai council of elders’ chairman Simon ole Kinyaga said anyone else claiming to be community’s spokesperson is an intruder.
“We have two types of intruders in Laikipia; those trying to evict others on one hand and the herds of livestock on the other hand. We caution other people from other areas of the country purporting to speak on behalf of the Maasai of the Laikipia to stop,” said Kinyaga.
The ceremony was held at Kaparo’s rural home in Kimanjo village in Mukogodo West ward in Laikipia North constituency on Saturday.
Elders and leaders who attended the ceremony praised Kaparo for scoring many firsts in the area adding that he was the best placed to be the community leader.
Other leaders who attended the colourful ceremony included Laikipia County Assembly Deputy Speaker Daniel Nyausi (Mukogodo East), Chalubo Kaparo (Segera), former Mukogodo East MCA Paul Lebeneyo and retired District Commissioner Wilfred Legei among others.
“Kaparo was the first Maasai to graduate with a law degree from this area, served as Laikipia East MP in this cosmopolitan area, elected as National Assembly Speaker for three consecutive terms and served as the National Cohesion and Integration Commission -NCIC chairman and that is why we settled on him,” said Kinyaga.