The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Maasai Leaders Mourn Aspirant

Maasai leaders yesterday mourned the Narok women representative aspirant Patricia Parsitau who died on Wednesday morning under unclear circumstances.

Led by Association of Maasai Professionals chairman Joseph ole Sonkori, they said that death has robbed the Maasai community another dedicated leader.

Speaking to the media yesterday, Sonkori described Patricia's death as a big blow to the community.

"Today, a dark cloud has engulfed the Maasai community. It is with great sadness that I have learned the passing of the Patricia Parsitau," said Sonkori.

The aspirant died upon the arrival at the Narok District Hospital after a short illness.

The doctors refused to reveal the cause of her death until the post-mortem examinations is released.

But a doctor who sought anonymity said that arrived at the facility alive but died while speaking to her husband.

"We were preparing to examine her when she summoned her husband and told him goodbye and take care of the kids," said the doctor.

The body was taken to Lee funeral home for postmortem and preservation.

Yesterday, Sonkori hailed the late Particia as a humble leader who championed of the rights of the locals and her demise was not only a loss to her family but to the Narok County at large.

"We had decided to back Patricia for the women seat because she looks professional," he said.

She was to vie for the seat on URP ticket. Patricia is a former governance Coordinator at Oxfam International organization.

Others who eulogized her include former internal security minister Julius Sunkuli, and a governor aspirant Daniel Taleng'o ole Kiptunen.

Kiptunen said that the county has lost a great leader, heroine, mentor and who most of the people had so much hope and faith in her.

In a post on her facebook page, Everlyn Aruasa who wants to be Narok County Deputy Governor said she received the news of the demise of Patricia with deep shock and disbelief.

"I am saddened by the untimely demise of Mrs Patricia Parsitau Aspirant Women Representative Narok County. May the good lord rest her soul in everlasting peace," said Aruasa.

A close ally, Evans Masi said that:"Once again we have lost one of great leaders. It is a dark morning R.I.P Patricia Parsitau."

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