Sabaot community members recently converged at Cheptais high school Cheptais Sub county Bungoma County to mark this year’s Sabaot community annual festival.
The festival celebrated every year brings together the community to map the way forward economically, socially and politically.
This year’s celebration themed “embrace culture” brought together participants from neighboring Trans Nzoia County and also the neighboring country Uganda.
Bungoma county deputy Governor Hillary Chongwony called on residents to do away with repugnant cultural practices. He lauded the community for wholly embracing girl child education.
Chongwony urged residents to jealously protect their traditional and cultural values since the county in the near future will construct a cultural centre so that such artifacts were displayed to the current generation. He also pledged county government’s support in preserving historical sites.
“We have waterfalls, natural forests, sacred hills and the famous Mt Elgon national park among others that are still unknown,” he noted.
The deputy governor also added that the county will organize an intercultural day where the community will show case their traditions such as dressing, food, traditional herbs and ornaments.
County executive committee (CEC) member of gender and culture Grace Khayota applauded the community for organizing for such a cultural festival. She said that the county had a great potential in terms of tourist attraction.
“Whereby they will be protected and used to earn revenue which will benefit both the county and residents living around the site,” she said.
A member of the Sabaot council of elders Tom Kiboi 80 said that such festival should be used to guide and counsel the youthful generation. He noted with concern how the current generation has veered from accepted norms society taking to drugs and alcoholism. This, he observed has introduced moral decadence in the society namely robbery, early marriage sexually transmitted diseases.
By Douglas Mudambo