Barely a day after Baringo Senator Gideon Moi was made an elder in Sabaot, questions of culture have been raised over the type of regalia he wore during the ceremony.
Gideon caused a stir after he was presented with a palm branch commonly known as Sosiot among the Kalenjins as one of the power instruments during the installation.
Many especially members from the Kalenjin community wondered why Gideon was presented with an ‘instrument’ always meant for the women in the society.
According to the community’s culture, those who are made elders are donned in special regalia popularly known as ‘Sambut’, a material made from the skin of blue monkey, and on his head, he wears a hat made from the skin of a colobus monkey.
According to one Elder Chemaswet who is a Sabaot, historian and a preacher with a rich background in culture, women are given the palm branch and a belt donned with beads (Legetio) to imply that they are prepared to cook food for the family and particularly make sweet and sour milk (Mursik).
In addition to this, the palm branch is also given to women who have been accepted as leaders and allowed to sit among elders and to speak with authority.
Vincent Solit sosiot kulingana na desturi yetu wamama wanatumia sosionte , Ruto is our kingpin
Edwin Kipruto Barno What i know sosiot belong to she so hakuna day mama awe kichwa
John Koech Who have our senator sosiot ? Which place ? Was this done? Let them repeat Sosiot is for ladies
Kipkorir Chirchir Mathew Sosiot is for ladies,, thanks Mr Kimetto for clarifying well that she is now our kingpin( hope ingekua queenpin)