Stop stay­ing away from us, el­ders urge Pres­i­dent

Uhuru’s elec­tion loss would be tan­ta­mount to the Kikuyu com­mu­nity be­com­ing naked, says Coun­cil of El­ders chair­man

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - NDICHU WAINAINA @TheS­tarKenya

The Kikuyu Coun­cil of El­ders has urged Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta to “stop say­ing away from the peo­ple,” re­turn to his fa­ther’s house in Gatundu and start lis­ten­ing.

“Uhuru’s loss [in the elec­tion] would be tan­ta­mount to the com­mu­nity be­com­ing naked,” Kikuyu Coun­cil of El­ders na­tional chair­man Wachira wa Ki­ago said on Sat­ur­day.

The Pres­i­dent should re­turn to his fa­ther’s “thin­gira [house], where el­ders from all the Kenyan com­mu­ni­ties can visit him in an en­vi­ron­ment where he is not con­fined and re­stricted by diaries”, he said. Ki­ago spoke dur­ing the first Nyan­darua Cultural and Tourism in Ol’Kalou Catholic grounds.

“There we can tell him what Kenya needs,” he said. “Let him stop stay­ing away from the peo­ple. We need him at a place where we can visit, an elder’s homestead; where women can sing for him; where our chil­dren can visit.”

At the same event Ki­ago urged the Kikuyu com­mu­nity to re­spect elected lead­ers and al­low them to serve in a peace­ful en­vi­ron­ment.

It is wrong to wage war against the lead­ers, to the detri­ment of de­vel­op­ment, he said.

“We lag be­hind when we en­cour­age these fights,” he said.

The event at­tracted par­tic­i­pants from the five coun­ties of for­mer Cen­tral province an. rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Nakuru, Laikipia, Baringo and Trans Nzoia.

Nyan­darua Gov­er­nor Daniel Waithaka was in­stalled as a Kikuyu elder.

“We want to warn all the Agikuyu wher­ever they are against fight­ing those in lead­er­ship. It does not au­gur well for our com­mu­nity,” Ki­ago said.

He said while some peo­ple have trained their guns on Uhuru, others pledge to give gover­nors sleep­less nights so they do not have time to serve their peo­ple.

WE WON’T BE DI­VIDED

Ki­ago said the time for pol­i­tics is yet to come and res­i­dents and as­pi­rants must sup­port gover­nors so they can de­liver on their pledges.

Squab­bles hurt Uhuru’s re­elec­tion chances, he said.

“Here, you fight. Go to Ki­ambu, Kabogo is be­ing fought. Mwangi Wairia is be­ing vig­or­ously fought. We know some of those fight­ing the lead­ers have been sent to cause frag­men­ta­tion so we don’t unite as a com­mu­nity,” he said.

Ki­ago told gov­er­nor hope­fuls to know that lead­ers are anointed by God and urged them to wait their turn.

/NDICHU WAINAINA

Nyan­darua Gov­er­nor Daniel Waithaka in­stalled as a an elder by the Kikuyu Coun­cil of El­ders, led by chair­manWachira Ki­ago. The cer­e­mony was dur­ing the Nyan­darua Cul­ture and Tourism Day in Ol’Kalou on Sat­ur­day

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