Thursday, 19 July 2012

Know your County MPS:Narok County

By Nancy Lelei and Office of Public Communications of the Republic of Kenya
Narok County is found in Rift Valley Province of Kenya and has a population of about 370 000 people with its capital being Narok town.

Narok together with Kisii County also found in Kenya has high cases of practice of female genital mutilation in the country though the Kenyan Government outlawed the practice in 2011.

The constituency has two constituencies Narok North and Narok South. Tourism and wheat farming is the main economic mainstay in the County and it hosts the popular Maasai Mara game reserve.

1.Narok North

William Ronkorua Ole Ntimama of the famous saying of 1990`s ``lie low like an envelope`` is the MP for Narok North and Minister of State for National Heritage & Culture in Kenya and was born in February 1930 in Narok district.

Ntimama is one of the oldest politicians in Kenya and a great supporter of Prime Minister of Kenya Mr.Raila Amolo Odinga.

Ntimama:Narok North
From 1940 to 1946, Ntimama went to Masai Government School and later joined Teachers Training College from 1947 to 1949. He did his ‘O’ and ‘A’ levels through distance programme from Oxford University, Wosley Hall, in United Kingdom (UK) from 1952 to 1954, and 1956 to 1958 respectively.

He was the Chairman Kenya Grain Growers Cooperative Union (KGGCU) in 1985 and during the same period the Chairman ICDC. He joined the Public Service as a District Officer (DO) from 1986 to 1988.

His political career started in 1974 when he was elected the Chairman Narok County Council up to 1984 when was elected the Member of Parliament for Narok North Constituency and appointed the Minister for Supplies and Marketing and later the Minister for Local Government.
From 1989 to 1995 he was appointed to the Cabinet as the Minister for Home Affairs. The Prisons Department and the prisoners lives were upgraded by the positive changes introduced into the Penal system.

From 1998 to 1999, he was the Minister for Transport and Communication before taking over his current office. It was during his tenure as the Minister for Transport and Communication that the Internet was launched in Kenya and Internet companies licensed to operate. He headed the delegation that won the bid to host the 2003 ICASA conference in Kenya. He was appointed to the cabinet in 2004 as Minister of State in the Office of the President where he brought about much needed reform to the civil service by introducing Performance Based Contracts and increased pay for civil servants.

His development record in the Constituency is not appealing according to his constituents whom we talked to and are appealing to him to remember the pledges he made in 2007 during the campaigns for General election. They say he has concentrated more on National politics than involving himself in local development.

2.Narok South
Ole Lankas:Narok South
Nkoidila Ole Lankas is the local MP of this constituency and there was no much information we could get on him as he was reported not to be around when our reporter Nancy Lelei was compiling this report though his constituent feel the first time MP in Parliament has done a good job in his constituency. Though Parliamentary reporters say that he has made few contributions in Parliament.

On Friday we start serializing MPS in  Nyamira County.

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