Simmering row in Narok after NASA principals visit

A simmering disquiet is brewing between two Narok National Super Alliance (NASA) affiliate parties over alleged endorsement of one of the two gubernatorial candidates by a NASA principal.

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party aspirants led by Narok North MP Mointalel Ole Kenta and the party’s gubernatorial candidate Joseph Tiampati Ole Musuni criticised Bomet governor Isaac Ruto for endorsing Patrick Ntutu during their visit to the county last week.

Ruto is being accused of publicly endorsing Ntutu who is his Chama Cha Mashinani (CCM) candidate for the county’s gubernatorial seat in the forthcoming elections.

This can be misconstrued by the electorate to mean that Ntutu is the NASA preferred candidate for the seat, said Ole Kenta said.

Speaking during a political rally in Narok today, Ole Kenta called on NASA principals led by the coalition’s Presidential candidate Raila Odinga to come up and endorse Ole Musuni as the preferred NASA gubernatorial candidate.

Prior to their visit on Wednesday and Thursday, Mointalel Ole Kenta had called on the principals to use their visit to prevail upon Ntutu to step down in favour of Ole Musuni.

However, the principals led by Mr. Odinga steered clear of the matter except Mr. Ruto who endorsed Mr. Ntutu during one of the political rallies.

Ole Kenta is defending his seat on Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) ticket after defecting from Jubilee.

He argues that fielding two candidates from the same coalition was likely to split the NASA votes and give the incumbent Mr. Samuel Tunai advantage in the gubernatorial race.

Ole Musuni on his part said Maasai leaders and church leaders had met some time back where they endorsed ODM as the preferred party in the county.

He opined that he and other ODM candidates should thus be given preference though, the party was in a coalition with other parties.

Mrs. Rebecca Tonkei, the ODM candidate for the Women Representative seat claimed that Narok was an ODM zone.

Tonkei stated that it was thus in order for the coalition to support the ODM candidate who has a higher chance to flooring the incumbent who is running on a Jubilee Party ticket.

But Ntutu has continued to downplay these differences saying these wrangles were unnecessary and urged the entire NASA coalition in the county to work together to ensure NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga garners majority votes in the county come the August 8, general elections.

We should work to ensure Mr. Odinga wins the presidency and leave the other issues to the electorate, he said in a different rally.

Ole Musuni will therefore in the coming General Elections face off with Tunai and Ole Ntutu who is the current Narok West Member of Parliament.

The fact that Ntutu and Musuni come from the largest Maasai clan- the Purko- could work against them since the duo are likely to split the votes of this large Maasai voting block in the county giving the incumbent some lead.

It is not the first time wrangles are being witnessed between various NASA affiliate parties in the county as the parties have been fighting over who should control the NASA presidential campaigns in the region.

Mrs. Tonkei the wife of late Inspector Joshua Tonkei body guard of the former Vice President the late Professor George Saitoti who died in a plane crash in Ngong area in June 2012 will face off with incumbent Soipan Kudate (Jubilee) and Former Heritage and Culture Minister William Ntimama’s daughter Lydia Ntimama (CCM).

Source: Kenya News Agency