THE MASAAI 'COLOSSUS': Kenya's longest-serving politician William Ole Ntimama

Kenya has lost one of its long-serving politicians, William Ronkorua Ole Ntimama, who has passed on early this morning at his home in Narok in Masaailand, aged 86.

Family sources say he died of natural causes and by press time the cortege carrying his remains was headed for the Lee Funeral Home in Nairobi.

A revered Masaai elder, Mr Ole Ntimama served as the Narok Member of Parliament for over 20 years and also served as Minister, holding different portfolios during the better part of former President Daniel Toroitich arap Moi’s regime from 1977 to 2002.

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Controversial to the hilt when challenged on Masaai issues, Mr Ntimama started off his political career as the chairman of the Narok County Council, where he served for 15 years before joining mainstream politics.

Meanwhile, another Kenyan prominent personality, lawyer-cum-businessman Horatius Da Gama Rose, the Managing Director of Muchanga Investments has also passed on early today, aged 72.

At the time of his death Mr Da Gama was embroiled in a dispute over a 134-acre piece of land in the upscale Nairobi outskirt of Karen worth about Kshs8 billion (appox. Ugshs 267bn).

A lawyer, Mr Da Gama Rose hailed from a prominent Kenyan-Goan family that was a close to the Kenyatta family even before Kenya gained Independence in 1963.