Francis Simiren Nkoitoi
By NNE Correspodent
Loyalty plays an important role in Narok County politics, especially with so much disenchantment. Whereas factionalism and defection are the norms for liberal politics, aspirants who change political affiliations are branded derogatorily as “migratory wildebeests,” unprincipled creatures who flutter about seeking the greenest pasture – loyalty is associated with upstanding character; being perceived as a turncoat is a huge dogmatic gamble.
Since his times as a young man, the story of Francis Nkoitoi, his epic struggle with life — as recounted by many from almost every conceivable angle, portrays a clash of visions and personalities. But the life of Francis Simiren Nkoitoi, nicknamed Mang’urura, is one of an assertive gentleman with an aptitude to shift the course of events through strategies and rapports rather than coercion or enticement.
As a teacher, Nkoitoi’s leadership at Arid Zone Primary School is authentic, his focus on equality is revolutionary. His passion and determination helped him make an immeasurable impact on the institution of learning, transforming it into a model for educating a 21st century pupil populace.
Detailing his story is a range of momentous developments, most fascinating of all being his involvement in politics — contesting the gubernatorial seat in 2013 on a Wiper-Kenya ticket securing 20,789 votes.
The quest for the county’s 2nd governorship started in earnest with the Nkareta Declaration by the purko faction of the Maasai, a now defunct Purko-select committee was formed, tasked to pick a candidate to face off with the incumbent, Gov. Samuel Tunai. Nkoitoi vowed interest.
A group of 5 legislators, now lone rangers, which comprised of amongst others Senator Stephen Ntutu, MPs Korei Lemein, Patrick Ntutu and Moitalel Kenta, otherwise dubbed Muthaiga Five – led the deliberations. Emurua Dikirr MP, Hon. Johanna Ngeno who is now fighting political storms at his backyard amid concerns of an unstylish political vehicle he is riding on and an indestructible influence of Deputy President William Ruto, was excluded from the deliberations, him not being purko.
The purko-select committee, as it got to be known assessed several candidates for governorship including Joseph Musuni, Patrick Ntutu, Francis Nkoitoi and one Kishanto Suuji.
In a stimulating maneuver, a Ntutu- Suuji and Musuni-Nkoitoi political alliances metamorphosed leading to the latter’s, by virtue of a robust Nkoitoi support, being christened as the designate governor.
What transpired later, was a purko bloc, which brought together individuals who felt left out or short-changed at Ilariak convention breaking away, finding solace in a thrilled Ntutu — remaining defiant to the negotiated table democracy.
According to political analysts, the Ntutu phenomenon has since grown potent, fan by apparent clan tensions running deep in the county politics and his populist ilk, leaving the Purko nation more than ever, divided.
What is left of the Purko is a mythical bloc of voters, a fallacy of votes.
The extant decision by Francis Nkoitoi, the last remnant of the purko negotiated democracy, to refocus his stance on an undiscerning Joseph Musuni in favor of an a meticulous Samuel Tunai, marked an end of the beginning. Marking a beginning of a sword-drawing misadventure in an intricate flick being steered by power brokers, rising political merchants, conceptual artists, pinion-shapers, paradigm-shifters and technocrats who felt their interests jeopardized.
Zero, is left of the purko strategic maneuver.
Nkoitoi’s move is one of the most startling political reversals in Narok since the late William Ntimama apparent ditching of ODM to Jubilee in 2016.
And now, for all intents and purposes, with Musuni and Ntutu in the ballot, and with a dejected Mr. Nkoitoi off the equilibrium, the purko faction smooth cruise to governorship rest on a dodgy misconception pillared on a mythical bloc of votes.
Both Mr. Musuni and Mr. Ntutu jaunt on this prejudiced canard that is set to test Gov. Tunai strengths and weaknesses.
According to strategic experts, Mr. Nkoitoi move to withdraw his support from Mr. Musuni was least expected considering their political nexus at the Ilariak convention. Political experts ponder that Nkoitoi’s departure is physiological to the voters and will be felt keenly, even when he (Nkoitoi) ‘takes nothing and brings nothing’
Mr. Nkoitoi – himself an advocate of good governance with a desire for political justice has noted that deliberate efforts by his team and Musuni’s to iron out pertinent issues in their doomed coalition of the willing proved untenable, eclipsed by power brokers.
According to a theoretical ideal by a leading American thinker John Rawls, in his book A Theory of Justice, which has gain currency amongst politicians – the world is in itself not hospitable to political justice and its good, not even to Nkoitoi himself.
However, whatever each of the power welders may have done or are doing to help elect Joseph Musuni, by guesstimating, their contributions pale in comparison to the contribution of Francis Nkoitoi.
Nkoitoi’s instrumental efforts in pushing for Joseph Musuni governorship resists easy classification, his generosity — both of time and money — defined an influential figure whose name appear chiseled in the county political granite.
Then described as a dependable Musuni’s boon now turn liability, Nkoitoi, a former gubernatorial hopeful has ruled at either Patrick Ntutu or Joseph Musuni winning the August 8 election, instead he has placed a sure bet on Tunai’s reelection.
Mr. Nkoitoi has been on record numerous times asserting that he is fighting and struggling to determine the destiny of the county, which move he says is as blatant as is clear.
Few of his supporters reached for comments say Nkoitoi’s powerful personality played an instrumental role in Musuni campaign, that excluding him has enrage supporters and occasion regional imbalance to a campaign already gasping for air.
Some, looked to Nkoitoi as their champion and spokesman, many admired him for his noblesse and devotion to civic causes.
Even as Nkoitoi’s enthusiasm lingers in Joseph Musuni’s camp, colleagues recall an amiable but highly ambitious character in Nkoitoi who flew under the radar, working behind the scenes, blending worlds and rules. And more to the point, he represents a genuinely transformational force in the county political arenas, making or breaking titles.
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