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2013 big four re-unite at burial fete

The politicians' presence excited the mourners who cheered as the master of ceremonies, Rev Davis Kisotu, introduced the leaders one by one as they made their way into the VIP tent. PHOTO: COURTESY

The death of Narok political patriarch William ole Ntimama brought together leaders from across the political divide among them four 2013 presidential aspirants.

The leaders converged at his Motonyi rural home in Narok County to give him a befitting send-off.

Mr Ntimama, one of the longest serving politicians whose political stint saw him serve under three presidents, died a fortnight ago of natural causes while asleep at his Melili home.

President Uhuru Kenyatta led the politicians in paying final tributes to the former legendary Maa politician, in an event attended by thousands of mourners from Kenya, Tanzania and across the world.

Former presidential contestants Raila Odinga (CORD), Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Peter Kenneth (KNC) and President Kenyatta, who trounced them in the last General Election, came together to bid farewell to Ntimama, who is credited for championing the rights of the Maasai.

The politicians' presence excited the mourners who cheered as the master of ceremonies, Rev Davis Kisotu, introduced the leaders one by one as they made their way into the VIP tent.

Rev Kisotu at some point seemed overwhelmed by the rapid arrival of guests and introduced former Prime Minister Raila Odinga as the 'President of the Republic of Kenya' sending the mourners into wild cheers only to realise it was not the President.

Raila was accompanied by his CORD co-principals Kalonzo Musyoka and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang'ula.

Upon his arrival, Uhuru went straight to greet retired President Daniel Moi, who had arrived few minutes earlier accompanied by his son, Baringo Senator Gideon Moi.

The retired president received a standing ovation from mourners as some former and current legislators, and Tanzania's Opposition leader, Edward Lowassa, jostled to shake his hand.

The burial also brought together governors from across the country.

Governors present included Evans Kidero (Nairobi), David Nkedienye (Kajiado), Moses Lenolkulal (Samburu), Kinuthia Mbugua (Nakuru), Alfred Mutua (Machakos), Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega) and Isaac Ruto (Bomet).