Raila’s crown­ing as Kalen­jin elder fake – Chep­konga

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties -

Ain­abkoi MP Sa­muel Chep­konga (pic­tured) has dis­missed last week’s in­stal­la­tion of ODM leader Raila Odinga as a Kalen­jin elder.

“The in­stal­la­tion of a Kalen­jin elder is a sa­cred af­fair done af­ter metic­u­lous prepa­ra­tion by se­lected el­ders. We were sur­prised to watch Raila dressed in ba­boon skin in­stead of the Colobus mon­key skin. It was deroga­tory,” he said. Chep­konga spoke dur­ing a fundraiser at the week­end in Keiyo South.

Raila was crowned an elder on Tues­day last week in Moiben – Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto’s back­yard. Chep­konga said the Kalen­jin have not en­dorsed Raila to run for Pres­i­dent. He said the in­stal­la­tion was not done ac­cord­ing to Kalen­jin cul­ture. The in­stal­la­tion sparked a so­cial me­dia de­bate fol­low­ing re­ports that the el­ders who in­stalled Raila had no au­thor­ity to do so.

It emerged that in Ch­esongoch, Marak­wet East, the op­po­si­tion chief was dressed in a belt that is usu­ally won by women af­ter birth.

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