By Nancy Masit
Narok governor Patrick Ole Ntutu hosted Environment Cabinet Secretary Soipan Tuya, Kajiado Governor Joseph Ole Lenku and Samburu Governor Jonathan Lelelit and other leaders for the Emanyatta Eunooto ceremony at Osinoni in Shankoe Ward.
Emanyatta Eunooto ceremony is a Maasai rite of passage during which the Maasai Morans transit from adulthood to manhood.
This year’s ceremony was organized in honor of the Ilkileku age group to usher them into a new level of responsibility in the society. The Ilkileku age group brings together a group of young Maasai men drawn from different schools, universities and colleges as well as graduates and professionals.
The ceremony is conducted every five to seven years during which the initiates receive their final blessings from their elders. This year’s colorful event began on the 20th November, 2022 and will end on the 10th of January, 2023.
Ntutu encouraged the initiates to focus on their education even as they observe their culture and religion.
He also took the opportunity to congratulate, reward and bless the initiates and wish them well even as they continue with the ceremony.
As a result of the high cases of malaria being recorded in the Ward, he ordered the County Chief Officer for Clinical Health Services Jane Kiok to initiate immediate distribution of mosquito nets to the residents in order to help curb the disease.
Ntutu ordered the County Executive Member for Roads, Transport and Public Works John Gatua, to immediately begin road works and repairs across the Ward in order to enhance trade and mobility of people.
His administration has already allocated Ward development funds and bursaries to the members of County Assembly it is now their time to deliver.
“Kajiado Governor Joseph Ole Lenku, Samburu Governor Jonathan Lelelit and I, have committed to work together to unite the Maa community. We are in the process of organizing a simultaneous cultural week across the three counties which will be aimed at promoting cultural tourism across the pastoralist communities,” Ntutu said.
The county also planning the creation of the Narok, Kajiado and Samburu Cultural and Tourism Center which will subsequently push for recognition as a UNESCO heritage center.