By Kura Kipkura
If the grapevine that the cupid’s arrow just stroke right through Murkomens heart is something to go by, then that to us over here is just good news and people in Embobut should toss Busaa tins for that this Saturday.
That Murkomen chose to publicly declare his obsession with a woman a million timid guys have literally been feasting on with eyes is in itself a gesture in solidarity with the traditional Marakwet call for courage and victory at all times.
If today you stormed a dead silent elders’ meeting in Embobut panthing like a bitch and told them that their senator has befriended a lady from ‘soombur’, they will suspend everything and take sips of the local honey beer for that. Even if they were mulling over the fate of a village fatal witch.
In our local dialect, there is something our senator has been singing about all through his addresses called ‘luuk’. In Marakwet, ‘luuk’ is not far from the English Look. The slight difference is the motive of the action. The Marakwet one is purely going for a mission of fortunes; good things that will bring glory to the land. For the English one, just Google it.
Now, the firebrand legislator has been at the heart of political leadership in this country in this regime. He has been in ‘chepketer’ (backyard) eavesdropping on the deals the bosses are cutting and occasionally trying to remind them of his banditry afflicted population and other things that maybe matter to his electorate.
Back to ‘luuk’. When people go to this mission, they bring with them all the good fortunes that come on their way. Our senator has been on a five year ‘luuk’. Maybe all the things he had been bringing are for the good of mwananchi. Maybe it’s time he remembers that it’s a chance to mark his term as the first senator under the new constitution with a legacy. And maybe (these maybes are boring) he has decided to do that by landing home with a breathtaking foreign cargo.
You know when it is rumored that ooh our senator stole NYS monies, oh he is corrupt, oh sijui he is a sycophant; those allegations are so abstract to mwananchi because we cannot even touch or have a feel of the money or the sycophancy. But a beautiful concrete thing my friend!! Something that elders can shake hands with and bless with saliva!! That right there is a milestone.
To end this rant, the Marakwet and the Samburu are part of the communities that have been over the years entangled in this age old cattle rustling thing. Though we have never directly stolen cows from each other. Don’t you think this gesture comes in handy as a message to Pokot, Turkana and Tugen to stop this idiotry and intermarry??