Elders from the Kalenjin community regret that they ruined the chances of Deputy President William Ruto becoming President and are not happy at all current state of political affairs in the Rift Valley and Kenya at large.
The elders feel they let the community down by not doing enough to bring Baring Senator, Gideon Moi, and the Deputy President William Ruto together. They expressed frustration that the battle to control Rift Valley votes between Gideon Moi and William Ruto has ruined the opportunity for any of them to ascend to the top seat.
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The elders admitted that the hard stance taken by the two leaders and their close allies from the region made the task of reconciling them impossible.
John Seii, the Myoot Council of Elders chairman said the elders’ attempts to bring the two leaders to the bargaining table were not successful.
He said, ” the two leaders are our sons and should have been more understanding. They should talk their allies and calmed down their supporters so that the community can speak in one voice and increase the community’s bargaining power.”
“We tried to book appointments through their personal aides and even approached them in public forums, but our efforts bore no fruits,” regretted Seii.
The elders said that their efforts to unite the two leaders were hugely hampered by politicians and their allies engaging in verbal attacks that do not add value to the community.
According to them, approaching the 2022 presidency with a divided house will make the two leaders lose terribly in the next election.
The division among the Elders has also contributed to the confusion in the community. Two week a section of the Talai Elders were involved in the coronation of the Deputy 6 as the undisputed community leader following the demise of the former President Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi.
Barely two days after, another group of elders emerged and declared the group that was involved in the coronation as conmen.