Samburu elders fine each woman a goat for taking part in anti-Raila protest

The elders claimed the act of women burning and burying placards carrying the name and image of Raila Odinga was an act of embarrassment to the community.

 

Over 1000 Samburu elders, who met at Yamo area in Maralal Town on Tuesday, endorsed a decision to have those who participated, or sponsored, the demonstrations against Mr Odinga to appear before them with a goat or be cursed.

“Those who took part in the protest against Raila Odinga have been given one week to appear before the elders for questioning. They would, thereafter, be cleansed for the wrong they committed, failure to which we will cast a curse on them,” Joseph Lenanguram, a Samburu elder said.

According to the elders the goat will be slaughtered for cleansing purposes to appease angry ancestors.

The elders, led by their Chairman, John Lengurikuri, further directed that no activity should take place at Kenyatta Stadium, a venue where the demonstrations were held, before the cleansing ceremony is completed.

Samburu women were angered by Raila’s remarks which labeled some of their leaders as thieves and proceeded to vent their anger on ODM materials.

The elders claimed the act of women burning and burying placards carrying the name and image of Raila Odinga was an act of embarrassment to the community and its leaders, besides going against the cultural values of the Samburu community.

“Showing disrespect to Raila Odinga, who is a national leader and a monumental figure recognised across the world, is an act of embarrassment that should never be tolerated in the county. Raila has a right to give a speech to people in this county. We have met to break a curse cast on him.”

The elders were in agreement that Samburu was a democratic county where everyone was welcomed including the opposition leader.

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