Veteran politician and former powerful minister from Maasailand William Ronkorua ole Ntimama is dead.
The de-facto leader of the Maasai passed away at 10.30 pm Thursday night and a family source said the body was taken to Lee Funeral Home.
According to Narok County Police Commander Jillo Galgalo, Mr Ntimama had been receiving treatment for an illness in the last one month from his home.
The late Ntimama died at the age of 88.
He served as chairman of the Narok County Council for 15 years and 25 years as MP and minister.
He notably served in the Local Government ministry and is remembered for telling the Kikuyu to "lie low like an envelope."
He had an on and off relationship with retired President Daniel Moi with the latter detaining him at some point in 1982.
Mr Ntimama supported opposition leader Raila Odinga in the last elections but recently led leaders from the Maasai community to State House where he pledged to campaign for President Uhuru Kenyatta.
He is said to have educated himself and has one of the biggest home libraries in Kenya.
- Veteran politician William Ole Ntimama during President Uhuru Kenyatta’s tour of Narok County on August 12, 2016.