Calls for budget allocation to preserve Maasai culture

Maasai morans follow proceedings of a past meeting at Olkiriane village, Narok South Sub-County.

Photo credit: George Sayagie | Nation Media Group

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  • Sunkuli says devolved units have a responsibility to preserve their cultures.

Devolution Ministry Principal Secretary Charles Sunkuli wants the Maa counties to set aside a Sh50 million annual budget to promote and preserve the Maasai culture.

Speaking in Kajiado County yesterday when attending the ongoing Maasai Moran Oleng'sherr ceremony that will see 3,000 morans graduate to young elders, he said devolved units have a responsibility to preserve their cultures.

Mr Sunkuli said the annual events held in Kajiado, Narok and Samburu should be factored into the county budgets.

"Our culture facing imminent threat and our counties must set aside funds to promote and preserve it. The Maasai culture remains our national heritage, “Said Sunkuli.

Currently, various cultural events held in Maasailand are funded by the community, with little support from local leaders.

Environment Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko said the rich Maasai culture remains endangered,  with unscrupulous individuals exploiting it for monetary gains.

He urged county governments to develop policies to safeguard the culture that is perceived as a national heritage. 

"We have seen cases of people exploiting the rich culture. Nowadays even western youth are christened ‘morans’. County governments must come up with policies to safeguard our culture,” said Mr Tobiko.

The Oleng'sherr ceremony has been going on in the last one month in Maparasha village, Kajiado Central.