Deputy President William Ruto on Thursday, December 17 endorsed Labour Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Patrick ole Ntutu for Narok gubernatorial seat in 2022.
Speaking during the burial of Ntutu’s mother Nalangu Enole Ntutu, Ruto asked residents to vote Ntutu as their governor come 2022 adding that he is ready to work with the CAS in the next government.
The deputy president praised Ntutu saying that he has done a lot in unifying and developing Narok County.
“Now that you want Patrick to succeed Governor Samuel Tunai, we endorse that decision,” he said.
DP Ruto further said that he had agreed with Governor Tunai that he would hand over the leadership to the Mara side of the county and the Purko clan.
“Patrick, be prepared and careful so that the numbers do not go against you as they did in the last two elections,” the DP said.
He further cautioned Narok residents to “watch out and know your friend”.
“Patrick lost direction in 2017, but I held his hand and he was given this position alongside others from Narok,” he said.
Ntutu, who lost to Governor Tunai in the 2013 general elections, served as the Narok West MP before Tongoyo succeeded him.
The governor contest will most likely attract more candidates compared to 2017 when only three appeared on the ballot paper.
Others expected to take a stab at the county top seat are Devolution Principal Secretary Charles Sunkuli, Narok South MP Korei ole Lemein, Senator Ledama Olekina and Woman Representative Soipan Kudate.
Only Tongoyo, Sunkuli, Kudate and Ntutu have openly expressed their interests in the seat.
Ruto has intensified political activities in Narok and Kajiado counties over the recent weeks in a bid to take control of the Maasai community.