Raila faces Uhuru's wrath at Ntimama funeral


15 Sep 2016 | by
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Raila faces Uhuru's wrath at Ntimama funeral

President Uhuru Kenyatta and CORD leader Raila Odinga clashed at the funeral of veteran politician William ole Ntimama as he was laid to rest in his Motonyi home in Narok county on wednesday.

Thousands of mourners had braved sunny weather in Narok County to give a heroic send off to the late veteran politician. 
The mourners converged at his Motonyi home from as early as 6am for the burial of the man who had played a crucial role in the unity of the Maa community for over 30 years.
Raila provoked the spat between him and the President when he claimed that the late Ntimama had died an ODM member after leading members of the Maa community in joining Jubilee last month. The CORD leader claimed the veteran politician had called him after the visit to say he'd only taken his people to State House for development.
But in a response, Uhuru told Raila to pout his house in order in readiness for next year's election.
"You can salivate for the meat but we're feasting", the president said in reference to Raila's comments.
Leaders among them former President Daniel arap Moi, former Tanzania PM Edward Lowassa, governors, MPs, Cabinet Secretaries joined Maa community in elaborate ceremony led by Archbishop of Kenya Jackson Ole Sapit. 
The road to his Motonyi home from Narok town was packed to capacity with traffic and as members of Maa community from neighbouring Kajiado, Samburu, Laikipia and Tanzania joined Narok residents in mourning the fallen leader. 
The ceremony began few minutes past 10am as the casket entered the venue accompanied by members of his family. The ceremony was, however, delayed for about two hours as leaders trickled in one by one and officially kicked off with the arrival of President Kenyatta few minutes to noon.
Security in and out of the home was tight with officers from regular police, Kenya Prisons and National Youth Service conducting thorough security screening of all mourners who thronged the venue to pay their last respects to the revered Maasai leader. 
The mourners who donned their traditional red Maasai shukas walked into the huge tents erected at his farm as early as 7am with many keen to secure seats strategically to catch a glimpse of the well planned ceremony. Ntimama who was remembered for his terse defence of Maasai community land rights and culture was given a heroic send-off befitting his stature as leaders across political divide put aside their differences to celebrate the Maasai hero.

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