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Narok crisis too delicate for Ruto to handle, say leaders

From right: Senator Stephen Ntutu, MPs Patrick Ntuntu, Moitalel Kenta, Johana Ngeno and Korei Lomein at Milimani Law Courts, Nairobi on January 29, where they were arraigned for chaos that erupted in Narok Town.

From right: Senator Stephen Ntutu, MPs Patrick Ntuntu, Moitalel Kenta, Johana Ngeno and Korei Lomein at Milimani Law Courts, Nairobi on January 29, where they were arraigned for chaos that erupted in Narok Town.

Narok leaders want Deputy President William Ruto to allow President Uhuru Kenyatta to intervene in the raging political crisis.

Emurwa Dikkir MP Johanna Ng’eno yesterday said the matter was too complex and beyond the DP, insisting that some parties involved could only listen to President Kenyatta.

“This matter is too big for the Deputy President. We want the President to personally intervene, otherwise no one will listen to anyone else,” Mr Ng’eno said.

KAJIADO CENTRAL SEAT

A meeting called by the DP on Wednesday to reconcile Senator Stephen ole Ntutu and Governor Samuel Tunai did not take place.

Mr Ruto’s spokesman Emmanuel Talam said the meeting was not held because the DP was engaged elsewhere.

“The DP is busy in other meetings at the moment. We will alert you on the day and time he will be meeting the leaders if there are such plans,” Mr Talam said.

Mr Ng’eno warned that the situation was degenerating into a viral political issue around Maasai land which could affect the Jubilee Alliance Party’s performance in the March 16, 2015 by-elections.

“We have a feeling that the President should come out and deal with this matter because it may affect the Kajiado Central race in a big way,” Mr Ng’eno said.

But Kajiado Senator Peter ole Mositet who is also the Maa leaders’ parliamentary group chairman said his team was engaging Mr Tunai and Mr Ntutu to have the matter resolved.

He, however, said the protagonists should first wait for a Senate Committee report on the issues raised in a petition by Narok residents.

“The Senate Finance Committee, where I am deputy chairman, is working on the matter. It is important that the Ntutu and Tunai groups allow us time to conclude,” he said.

UNHAPPY UHURU

He dismissed the notion that the dispute could affect the coming by-elections in Kajiado Central Constituency.

Cord leaders Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka were in Narok to attend the burial of Mr Sikona Muntet who was among the two protesters shot by police last week.

Yesterday, Kajiado West MP Moses ole Sakuda said Maasai elders are were being mobilised to reach out to the two opposing groups.

“I know the President is not happy with the pace of investigations being undertaken by the concerned agencies on this matter. We are, however, mobilising our elders to try and bring the two groups together,” Mr Sakuda said.

-Nation.co.ke

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