Sunday June 7, 2020 – Deputy President William Ruto was hosted for a private cultural ceremony by descendants of Nandi leader, Koitalel Arap Samoei.

The ceremony was organised by the Nandi Laibons Council of Elders and conducted in Kipsirwo village from 5am to 7am.

Elders performed traditional rites meant to protect the DP from any bad omen by offering sacrifices on a nearby hill.

When local residents of the popular Kapsisiywa village learnt of Dr Ruto’s visit, they flocked outside the venue but the DP did not address them.

Reports indicate that Ruto used the leadership baton that he was given to wave at them before boarding his vehicle.

The elders said that the ceremony was also an inauguration to prepare the DP ahead of his quest to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The Talai descendants are highly respected and are known to offer blessings and guidance to people, including politicians, seeking or holding top positions.

Former President Daniel Toroitich arap Moi and powerful Minister Nicholas Biwott (both deceased) were conferred the coveted traditional regalia called ‘Sambut’ by the group.

And when the Supreme Court nullified the presidential election results in 2017, President Kenyatta and DP Ruto visited Nandi Hills Museum, where the Talai performed rituals and blessed them to run again.

Ruto was accompanied by Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago, his Nandi counterpart, Stephen Sang, Nandi Senator Kiprotich Cherargei, MPs Caleb Kositany (Soy), Wilson Kogo (Chesumei), Cornely Serem (Aldai) and Julius Melly (Tinderet).


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