Until his sudden death on Saturday morning, Interior Cabinet secretary Joseph Nkaissery was considered Jubilee Party’s point man in the Maasai community, and Kajiado county in particular.
Nkaissery openly drummed up support for the party and President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election, saying the government meant well for the Maa community. Last Wednesday, he accompanied the President on a campaign tour of Kajiado.
In a move meant to bolster Jubilee’s chances of picking a majority of the region’s vote, Nkaissery recently publicly endorsed his predecessor at the Interior ministry, Joseph ole Lenku, who is running for Kajiado governor’s seat. Nkaissery, who has not been seeing eye to eye with Lenku, declared they had buried the hatchet and would support his candidature.
This followed intervention of Maa Eseuri elders (aged between 60 and 76 years). He said he resolved to back Lenku because of his respect for President Uhuru and his desire to see the county united.
In his public addresses, the CS has been urging the community to reject clan politics and elect leaders who will safeguard their interests. Despite his open support for Jubilee, Nkaissery, who was an ODM MP for Kajiado Central before he was appointed to the Cabinet, had sought to reassure those in the Opposition that his Ministry would ensure the safety of all Kenyans during the election irrespective of political affiliation.