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DP Ruto holds meeting with Nandi elders


Jun 6, 2020

Deputy President William Ruto Friday led a group of Jubilee leaders from the Rift Valley to a dawn meeting with Kalenjin elders in Kapsisiywa, Nandi County, in what is believed to be a quest for blessings to run for president in 2022.

The DP’s convoy arrived at the home of retired Anglican cleric James Bassy, who is a member of the Talai Elders Council and held three-hour talks with the elders from around 5am to 8am.

The Talai, descendants of legendary Nandi leader Koitalel Samoei, 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.

Jubilee deputy secretary-general Caleb Kositany, who is the DP’s de facto spokesman, confirmed the meeting took place but declined to divulge details.

DP Ruto this morning held a meeting with the Talai elders but it was purely a private matter,” said Mr Kositany on phone.

Others who accompanied Dr Ruto were Nandi Governor Stephen Sang and his Uasin Gishu counterpart Jackson Mandago, MPs Julius Melly (Tinderet), Cornelius Serem (Aldai) and Wilson Kogo (Chesumei).

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