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Museum official accuses Maasai elders of self interests

09 September 2015, 16:21 Geoffrey Kimagut

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 gain.

“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 said.

Esho has maintained that the Museum has not showcased the rich cultural heritage of the Maasai but has instead  been engaging in other business activities.

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