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Jubilee Senator jealous of Raila, Kalonzo, says ODM

22 June 2015, 12:51 William Korir

Nairobi - Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen is jealous of CORD leaders Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka, the Oramge Democratic Movement ODM has said.

The statement comes in the wake of the CORD leaders' visit to Marakwet over the weekend, where they were made Maakwet elders.

The move though was met with retribution by Murkomen, who rubbished the said accolade.

In a statement Monday, ODM communications chief Philip Etale sought to clear the air over the matter.

" CORD leaders Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka visited Tot, Marakwet in Elgeyo Marakwet County last Saturday where they were received with pomp and colour by excited residents. During the cultural event, which was held against the wishes of some of the local political leaders, the two leaders were made Marakwet elders in a ceremony that was conducted by renown elders from the community. The old men who dressed them, Mzee Lomunga and Mzee Kamar are leaders of two Endo Clans, Sogom and Talai. The women who tied the beads on them are elderly and respected women Tula and Tariki. One is a wife of a local Senior Chief," he said.

Etale also said that the ceremony was in good faith and explained fully, the rationale behind it.

" The reason the Marakwet community elders decided to dress them was first, to to embrace them as Marakwet community elders and to enable them to join in the sacred Marakwet culture. They were suppose to enter the cultural center after that to see more cultural attires on display. However, EMC Senator Kipchumba Murkomen sent the County Commissioner to forcefully and abruptly lock the center. It is worth noting that Sen. Murkomen himself is not culturally permitted to such sacred venues because he is yet to meet some pending cultural norms upon his life," he explained. 

The second reason was to appoint them as the Marakwet leaders and third to give them the authority to represent the community in society. Raila was given a chest plate made of a bull and a hat made of a bull and a leopard skin. He was given the chair by the elders to symbolize authority to sit in the cultural court and a stick by the Marakwet elders meaning to lead the community in societal war. Mr. Kalonzo’s signified the community amour bearer of the leader, Raila, meaning his Deputy.
The beads, given by the elderly women symbolized directly translated ‘pure men’ who have given them children and are now sitting at the gates protecting the community. Legetio symbolizes, honorable women who have born children and have reached the age to be invited to the elders’ court," he finished.

The Marakwet Senator as well as other Jubilee coalition leaders have termed the ceremony a waste of time and that it would not help revive the political fortunes of the former Prime Minister in the South Rift.

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