June 20, 2024

Kalenjin elders to conduct cleansing ceremony at the site where Raila was chopper stoned 

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Kalenjin elders will conduct a prayer and cleansing ceremony at the site where Raila was chopper stoned at Kabenes in Uasin Gishu.

The elders formally apologized to former president minister Raila Odinga following the incident.

They added after 40 days they will organize a prayer and cleansing ceremony at the area where the incident occurred.

“As per our tradition, the family of Kibor is still mourning and we cannot do anything at the moment until after the 40 days,” said another elder Paul Tanui arap Tumbo.

Edwin Chepsiror, spokesman for the Kalenjin council of elders in Uasin Gishu, led elders who visited Kibor’s home and the scene of the incident.

The elders stated that such occurrences could not be tolerated and asked Kenyans to keep peace and unity during the election time.

“We apologize to Odinga and hope he will accept what we have said because he is also an elder like us,” Chepsiror said.

He said Odinga was a respected leader in the country and did not deserve such an attack.

“In Kalenjin tradition what happened was an abomination. We had come here to mourn and no one should be attacked and hurt during a burial,” Chepsiror said.

The elders urged the government to properly investigate the incident and ensure those involved are brought to book.

They also called on the youths not to accept to be used to cause violence during the ongoing campaigns.

“Our country must remain peaceful during and after the polls,” they said.

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