Council of elders should not split due to political reasons
One of the most popular councils of elders is the Njuri Ncheke. It was among the first group of elders to split because of political reasons. Each of the faction had endorsed different politicians. Sharp divisions among Kaya elders emerged over plans to instal Kilifi North MP Gideon Mung’aro as an elder and spokesman of the Miji Kenda. A section of the elders accused Mung’aro of a plot to hijack a cultural institution for political gain. Then there is the recent decision by Mandera elders to bar Governor Ali Roba from standing in because of a previous negotiated democracy agreement. Another issue is the crowning of former Devolution CS Anne Waiguru being made an elder by some Kirinyaga elders. Some elders have distanced themselves from the event. There is also division among the Embuelders after some backed Senator Lenny Kivuti for governor. Elders should only endorse leaders of integrity.
VERONICA ONJORO Mombasa