Museum official accuses Maasai elders of self interests
09 September 2015, 16:21
Narok - An official of the National Museum of Kenya has accused a section
of Maasai Council of elders of inciting members of the public against
its staff after their a proposal in which they wanted to be given plots
in the Museum land was rejected.
Narok Museum Curator, Pauline Mbete said the elders led by council
chair, Esho Ole Kasaine had written to the Museum requesting to be
allowed to build a Maasai Eco-tourist lodge at the Museum land.
Speaking to the press in her office Tuesday, Mbete said the elders
had set the public against her office with allegations that she was not
consulting them and that she had sublet offices for her own personal
“The elders led by Kasaine wanted to establish a Maasai
cultural center and had stated that they should not be obligated to pay
rent to the museum. We did not object this but we rejected their
proposal that the elders excise Museum land and allocate it to
themselves so that they can have proximity to the cultural center and
the lodge,” said Mbete.
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She said Kasaine, Nkuruna Masikonde, Samson
Rotiken and Samson Koini be allocated plots and that the National Land
Commission issue them with titles.
The officer further defended
herself of accusation of abusing her office saying she has acted as per
the law and on advice from the head office.
Narok County government
Gender, Culture and Youth Affairs Chief Officer Jane Psiwa said they
have called for a meeting to look into the grievances raised by the
members of the public.
“Though this is not a devolved function we
have a duty to interlink the two levels of governments. We have collated
information and will hold a consultative meeting on Thursday,” she
Esho has maintained that the Museum has not showcased the rich
cultural heritage of the Maasai but has instead been engaging in other
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