Raila’s crowning as Kalenjin elder fake – Chepkonga
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.