Coun­cil of el­ders should not split due to po­lit­i­cal rea­sons

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

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

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