By Onyinkwa Onyakundi
I am not certain who caters for their pay and meets their operation expenses, but the fact that the Gusii Council of Elders is housed in premises owned by the County Government of Kisii gives me this sneaky feeling that i may be one of those that do. That is why i believe i am well within my role to point out to them a grave cultural matter that is of monumental significance to our community, but which appears to have escaped their attention. It is probable that they missed it because they mistakenly thought that this is our great son Charles Nyachae holding his own portrait. And no! it is not their eye sight that is failing. I also thought so until i read the story.
This here is Mzee Simon Nyachae’s 53 year old son who has been living the life of a struggling Narok farmer when he ought to have been living the life of a heir apparent to one of Kenya’s largest business empires. But that is not what got me really gutted. I almost shed a tear reading that he is discriminated against, shunned and even turned away at meetings for being a Kisii. To cut the chase, could the esteemed council of elders kindly arrange to have our son come back home? He needs to be shown a piece of land at his father’s Nyosia farm where he should build his house and settle down with a young Kisii girl of his choice.
Further, i suggest that ~ subject to the cultural guidance of the council of course ~ prior to the commencement of the home coming ceremony, a bull, a he goat, a ram and a cock be slaughtered to appease our ancestors, during which ritual he shall change his name from Njagu Lesoit, to Nchogu Mosoti. And coming so conveniently at a time we are torn between Charles letting go of the CIC Commission Chairmanship to run for Governor and staying put, we can kill two birds with one stone by letting Charles stay put at the CIC, and having Nchogu Mosoti gun for the Governor’s seat.