A section of elders from the Talai Community in Nandi County have dismissed the coronation of Baringo Senator Gideon Moi as a Kalenjin elder.
On Friday, the Kanu leader was crowned as a Kalenjin elder, three weeks after another attempt for the rituals backfired when youth blocked the senator from visiting Kapsisiywa area where the elders live.
Today’s crowning of Gideon attracted criticism from a section of elders led by the Organizing Secretary council of elders Christopher Kipkemboi Agui who dismissed the event conducted at Gideon’s kabarak home.
Agui said the blessings were dispensed in an unknown location, far from Kapsisiywa where the Talai elders conducts the exercise on agreed occasions.
“They want to lie to the people by saying it was done in Kapsisiywa but we have not seen such an event today. We have already given out our blessings and it cannot be given twice,” he said.
The Talai official accused those using the Talai name for business in order to get Money by pretending to give blessings.
He said some group of old men were using the Talai name to solicit money from politicians by pretending to offer blessings, yet they were not recognized by the clan.
Last year, Deputy President William Ruto visited the region where he was crowned the Kalenjin leader.
Political pundits perceive the move by Gideon as an attempt to gain political mileage and establish grounds to compete with Ruto.
The two leaders are fierce rivals with each seeking to outdo the other as they position themselves as Kalenjin kingpins.