The Agikuyu Community in Uasin Gishu County now has a new leader.
Kinyanjui Wa Kamau was installed as a new spokesperson of the community in the county on Saturday in a traditional ceremony held on the outskirts of Eldoret town.
The seat had been left vacant following the death of the previous holder Kamunu wa Kabari who was laid to rest a few months ago in Yamumbi, Kapseret Sub County.
Speaking after the installation, Mathenge wa Iregi who led the ceremony said as per the Agikuyu Community cultural practices, they made a sacrifice to God, to thank Him for allowing them to hold the ceremony that paves way for the new leader of the community.
“Kinyanjui Wa Kamau is now the new leader of the Agikuyu community in this county. He will be mandated to handle all issues relating to the community and speak on their behalf.”– Mathenge wa Iregi
The new Agikuyu Spokesperson on his part assured members of the community that he will work towards ensuring a good working relationship between them and other communities living in the county.
He said as the country heads to the 2022 polls, he will also seek to ensure a peaceful county – based on the fact that Uasin Gishu has in the past been branded a violence hotspot after it was among the worst-hit during the 2007/08 post-election violence.
Wa Kamau also insisted on the need for the community to be politically tolerant and listen to politicians from across the political divide.
“I urge the youth to listen to all aspirants and let them vote for their preferred one without causing any chaos. All I ask is we remain united as without it, there is nothing we can do keeping in mind what happened in 2007.”– Kinyanjui Wa Kamau, New Agikuyu Community Spokesperson in Uasin Gishu
The Vice-chairperson of the Diaspora Agikuyu Community Joseph Wainaina who also attended the event noted that the installation of the new spokesperson in the county was not political.
“This is not a political position, it’s for the community of Agikuyu here in Uasin Gishu. Let nobody start linking 2022 politics with the ceremony.”– Joseph Wainaina.
Wainaina is also a prominent businessperson in Uasin Gishu.