- Senator Gideo Moi has been crowned Kalenjin kingpin to succeed his father.
- Talai elders performed rituals at a cleansing ceremony and handed him instruments of leadership.
- The Talai clan also possesses so much influence in the Kalenjin community that whatever direction they take is final.
Baringo Senator Gideon Moi has been crowned as Kalenjin Community Kingpin by Talai elders at his Kabarak home in Nakuru county.
The elders led by former councillor Christopher Koyogi on Friday morning travelled from Kapsisiywo, Nandi county to perform rituals on the senator before handing him instruments of power to succeed his father the late former president Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi.
Gideon Moi was doused with milk and honey from a special traditional gourd by elders popularly known as Orkoik, who also held prayers and offered sacrifices on a nearby hill.
He was then handed leadership instruments, including a baton (nogirwet) and a traditional stick (Siarit) that were all used by legendary Nandi chief medicine man Orgoiyot-Kipnyolei Arap Turgat and Koitalel Arap Samoei.
Gideon Moi’s coronation came just three weeks after youths blocked his convoy while on the way to the home of Talai elder Koyogi where he was set to be crowned.
The Talai clan who are descendants of Nandi Orkoiyot Koitalel Samoei are believed to be in possession of super natural powers and if one get their blessings, nothing can stop him/her to achieve their goals.
The Talai clan also possesses so much influence in the Kalenjin community that whatever direction they take is final and is followed by people from all the 10 Kalenjin sub-tribes.
Photos of the coronation ceremony
Kenya’s founding father Jomo Kenyatta, later Daniel Moi, Mwai Kibaki, Uhuru Kenyatta are Kenyan President who received blessings from the clan.
In 2019, Deputy President Dr. William Ruto also received blessings in a controversial ceremony that threaten to divide the Talai elders into two factions.
Elders allied to Christopher Koyogi accused DP Ruto of using his money to seek blessings from greedy, fake Talai elders.