Kenya African National Union (KANU) party leader Gideon Moi has been crowned by Talai elders in Nandi as a Kalenjin elder in a ceremony that took place in the wee hours of Friday morning.
The Baringo Senator was coronated in an elaborate ceremony that started at 4 am caught residents by surprise.
The Friday event was secretly planned after a similar event flopped earlier this month when supporters of his political nemesis and Deputy President William Ruto supporters scuttled the event.
On January 2 youth blocked Gideon Moi from accessing the home of an elder for the same ceremony.
And now the coronation of Gideon puts him at the political helm with Ruto who had undergone a similar ceremony done by a different group of Talai elders.
Gideon’s installation was done by elders led by Christopher Koyogi.
Koyogi had vowed that the ceremony would go on after it was blocked by youth and declared that Moi was now the Kalenjin community leader and has been given similar powers as those given to his father more than 63 years ago.
The Frontier Post has learned that the Baringo Senator landed at the Eldoret Airport and was discretely driven to Nandi where the event took place with the elders handing him the Kalenjin community’s instruments of power and gave him the mandate to look for the country’s leadership. The Kanu leader later flew to Rumuruti for a Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) event.