Uhuru to Pay Narok Maasai His Great Grandmother’s Pride Price

President Uhuru Kenyatta's first cousin, Capt. Kungu Muigai, spoke to KNU on July 28 in Kajiado town.
President Uhuru Kenyatta's first cousin, Capt. Kungu Muigai, spoke to KNU on July 28 in Kajiado town.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has entered a truce with Narok Maasai in attempts to correct the wrongs his great grandfather meted on them in the late 1890s.

In a long journey that started early in the year, Kenyatta has been in behind the scenes talks with the Kajiado and Narok Maasai and find a solution in paying his great grandfather’s pride prize.

Among the marksmen, Kenyatta appointed to act on his behalf in the negotiation process included the late Interior CS, Joseph Nkaissery, former assistant ministers; David Sankori and Ngengi Muigai and Captain (rtd) Kungu Muigai.

Captain Muigai in an exclusive interview with Kajiado News Update in Kajiado explained that the Gikuyu warriors in the late 1890s raided a manyatta in Narok and took away a herd of cows including a young girl.

He said the girl; he only named as Musana, was later taken to Gatundu in the homestead of Magana, the father of Kungu Magana.

Kungu Magana later on married Musana and named her Wanjiru. The two later sired Muigai, who was the father of the country’s first president, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta and Kungu Muigai.

Captain Muigai and Ngengi are President Uhuru’s first cousins and Musana (Wanjiru) was Mzee Kenyatta’s grandmother.

He explained that because President Uhuru was named after his great grandfather, Muigai, the onus is on him to pay his pride prize.

“Kungu, the son of Musana went ahead to marry his wife without paying his mother’s pride prize. Mzee Kenyatta also went ahead to marry before paying before paying his grandmother’s pride prize. Today the onus is with Uhuru Mugai Kenyatta to correct that wrong meted on the Narok Maasai by paying the prize, “said Capt Muigai.

Musana, according to Capt. Muigai, is Kenyatta’s family matriarch and her home was traced to Naroshua in Narok county after President ascended to power in 2013.

During the First World War, the late President Mzee Kenyatta was advised by Musana to go and hide in Narok to avoid being recruited into the British army.

She, according to Capt. Muigai, advised Mzee Kenyatta after to do so after his elder brother, Kungu, had been taken to the army and was never seen again.

Mzee Kenyatta is said to have taken refuge in Narok for five years and when he returned to Gatundu he spoke fluent Maasai language and was wearing a beaded belt called Inyatta in Gikuyu.

Mzee adopted the name Kenyatta because of the belt he loved most. He was it from the time he got into Kenyan politics until he became president.

President Uhuru’s negotiators were still holed up in Narok yesterday on Sunday to negotiate the number of livestock he will be required togive out as pride prize for his great grandmother, Musana.









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