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Elders fault group criticising governor

By By Charles ng’eno | November 29th 2013

By Charles ng’eno

Narok, Kenya: A section of Maasai Council of Elders have come to the defence  of Narok Governor Samuel Tunai whose has come under heavy criticism in the recent past over  performance.

Yesterday, the group led by Narok County Maasai Council of elders Vice-Chairman John Mark Koisaba asked leaders to give Tunai ample time to implement the county’s development agenda.

The elders accused a group of politicians of inciting the youth to hold demonstratons against the governor,  and urged them to seek other ways of airing their grievences.

During the meeting, Moitalel Dapash, who was contestant in the parliamentary race in the March elections, said the governor was constitutionally in office and deserves respect.

He rubbished claims by the politicians that the Purko clan had been sidelined in appointments.

“I don’t have any interest in any leadership position, but I cannot sit back and watch as people pursuing selfish interests drag the name of the county in the mud,” said Dapash.

Last week, a group of elders accused Tunai of making unilateral decisions, and raised concern over what they termed as skewed appointment of county executives and chief officers.

The elders, who addressed the Press in Nakuru,  said the governor had failed to offer leadership, and further accused him of using divide and rule tactics to run the county. Hassan Ole Kamwaro, who is  the National Coordinator Maasai Council of Elders, also said the governor had exhibited dictatorial tendencies.

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