The Cabinet Secretary (CS), for Environment and Forestry, Keriako Tobiko, has asked the Maa community to register as voters in the ongoing voter registration exercise, in a bid to vote for visionary leaders, who will enhance development in their region.
Tobiko who spoke when he visited a traditional Maa cerebration known as Emanyatta in Loita area, Narok South Sub-county, said a vote is a weapon that empowers an individual to exercise his or her democratic right of choosing the best leaders.
The CS who was accompanied by the Principal Secretary (PS), for Youth Affairs, Charles Sunkuli, asked the Maa to continue preserving their culture, which is their heritage.
He told off people who purportedly speak on behalf of the Maa community, saying the community does not need advice from outsiders because they have their own leaders who speak on their behalf.
Sunkuli said the community was in support of the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga, as it has united the country.
“I call on those who have registered as voters to do so before the exercise closes on November 2nd. This is the only way that you can contribute in the building of the nation by electing good leaders,” he reiterated.
A Narok East Member of Parliament (MP) aspirant, Alfred Keriorare, asked the Maa community to shun leaders who distribute handouts, as a way of wooing people to vote in their favour.
He asked the community to continue supporting the handshake partners, saying they had a good will for the community.
The call comes at a time when the County has registered 14, 521 new voters, two weeks after the Enhanced Continuous Voter Registration (ECVR) exercise, was launched.
The constituencies dominated by the Kipsigis community are leading with new voter registration as Narok West has 3031 new voters, Narok South 2963 and Emurua Dikir Constituency has 2713 new voters.
Narok North Constituency has registered 2,533 new voters, Kilgoris has 2,220 while Narok East Constituency has 1,161 new voters as per the data from Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), at the closure of business on Sunday.
The County targets to register 78, 000 new voters by the closure of the exercise in November 2,021.