By Joseph Kurgat
THE BATTLE FOR KAJIADO’S top post has began in earnest as contestants flex their muscles in readiness for the bruising contest come the General Election next
year. Five contestants have so far shown interest in the governor’s position. While most have been carrying out quiet campaigns, two --- council chair Taraiya ole Kores and NGO man Francis ole Sakuda --- have come out in the open. A fortnight ago, Mr Sakuda launched his bid for the seat in a ceremony attended by thousands of people at his home in Ngong District. Mr Kores has been openly campaigning for the position since he was re-elected unopposed as the chairman of the County Council of Olkejuado in July. Others who have shown interest in the position are Mr. Joseph Nkadayo, Mr. Moses Parantai ole Shukuru and Mr. Daniel Nina. Mr Sakuda’s launch was attended by elders from eight sub-clans of the Maasai community in Kajiado county.
He is currently the chief executive officer of a non-governmental organisation, Simba Maasai Outreach Organisation (SIMOO). Mzee Moyaye Ole Kuraru from the Ilkekonyokie sub-clan led other elders from Iloodolani, Ilmatapato, Ilpurko, Ildamat, Ilkankere, Ilkaputiei and Ilsonko sub-clans in blessing Mr Sakuda to enter the
race for the governor’s seat. Under the devolved government, Kenya has been divided into 47 counties with the autonomy to handle most of their affairs.
The governor will be the chief executive of the county and therefore will take over the administration of all government departments and manage resources.
It is upon the people of Kajiado to elect a leader of integrity to that office so that they can reap fruits of development that will be brought about by the new
When launching his bid, Mr Sakuda said he would seek to provide secure living conditions for all the communities living in the county and his first priority is to build a university and a teacher’s college. All the urban centres in the county lack proper sewer systems, no well designed livestock markets and most people in the rural areas have no water and electricity. Mr Sakuda, 47, is an anthropology graduate from Moi University. His NGO pays fees for selected bright students in universities and colleges in the county. It also funds water projects. Mr Sakuda, according to his key allies, has achieved a number of things through SIMOO among them diversification of livelihoods through a food security programme which encompasses improved livestock husbandry and small-scale dry
land agriculture. He is the man behind the rehabilitation of the Oloshooibor dam and the development of eight other earth dams across the county. The other high profile candidate is Mr Kores who, as chairman of the county council, may have a headstart because he has already been to all corners of the county.
Another notable candidate for post of governor is Joseph Ndakayo, the chief executive of the Kenya Urban Roads Authority. Mr Nkadayo is not new to elective politics having been associated with the Democratic Party for many years. He contested the Kajiado South seat in the by-election following the death of Mr Geoffrey Parpai, losing to current MP Metito ole Katoo. He hopes to have better luck with the governor’s position.
Then there is Kenya Airways managing director Titus Naikuni. Mr Naikuni, a former chief executive of Magadi Soda and Transport PS, has not come out in the open but sources close to him say he is seriously considering throwing his hat in the ring. He is said to believe Kajiado needs a technocrat like him as governor to develop.