Wabukala, Bukusu el­ders say cul­ture en­sures ci­vil­ity, re­spect

It de­fines the com­mu­nity and pro­motes good be­hav­iour. They add that in their tra­di­tion, lead­ers would not abuse each other as they do to­day, for fear of pun­ish­ment

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Western - BRIAN OJAMAA @ojamab

Bukusu lead­ers and politi­cians have been urged to use cul­ture as a uni­fy­ing fac­tor for West­ern re­gion res­i­dents.

For­mer Angli­can Arch­bishop Eliud Wabukala said the Bukusu cul­ture has united lead­ers for a long time, and even be­fore colo­nial­ism, and lead­ers should not walk away from it.

He spoke on Wed­nes­day at Ma­banga Farm­ers’ Train­ing Cen­tre in Kan­duyi con­stituency dur­ing the first Bukusu Coun­cil of El­ders con­fer­ence. It was at­tended by re­li­gious lead­ers from Bun­goma, Kakamega and Trans Nzoia.

The cleric said every­one should be proud of their tribe and ad­here to their cul­ture, which de­fines them and con­trib­utes to good be­hav­iour in the com­mu­nity.

El­ders’ chair­man Richard Walukano said that if Kenyans do not em­brace cul­ture, then com­mu­ni­ties are doomed.

“We, as el­ders, are ask­ing our Bukusu lead­ers from this re­gion to re­frain from abus­ing each other for the sake of peace and unity,” he said.

“Our main pur­pose for con­verg­ing here for this three-day con­fer­ence is to ad­dress is­sues that are crop­ping up in our so­ci­ety and are mak­ing us head in the wrong di­rec­tion as a com­mu­nity.”

Walukano said the el­ders feel “em­bar­rassed and ridiculed” when they see elected lead­ers be­have in a man­ner not tol­er­ated in their cul­ture.

“We are very bit­ter be­cause ac­cord­ing to our Bukusu cus­toms a lead­ers does not abuse a fel­low leader and we are see­ing it hap­pen­ing here among our lead­ers,” he told jour­nal­ists at the event.

“Ac­cord­ing to our tra­di­tions, any leader who abuses an­other would be pun­ished.”

Walukano urged lead­ers to re­spect each other re­gard­less of their po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tions.

He said el­ders are irked by con­stant hurl­ing of abuses and pub­lic dis­agree­ments of elected lead­ers played out in churches, fu­ner­als and other func­tions.

Other lead­ers at the meet­ing were Trans Nzoia Gover­nor Patrick Khaemba, East and Cen­tral African King of Aba­masaba Bob Mushiko­mari, Bun­goma cul­ture ex­ec­u­tive Grace Khay­ota and nom­i­nated Ford Kenya MP Patrick Wanga­mati, who is a mem­ber of the Luhya Coun­cil of El­ders.

/BRIAN OJAMAA

For­mer Angli­can Arch­bishop Eliud Wabukala (R) dur­ing the Bukusu Coun­cil of El­ders’ con­fer­ence in Kan­duyi on Wed­nes­day

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