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Sunday, 22 March 2015

Family of Nandi colonial chief want him honoured dead

The family of a former paramount chief who endorsed former president Daniel Moi to the legislative council has appealed to the Nandi county government to recognise him for his immense contribution to the community.
The Aldai family says that their late kin, Daudi Kiprop Arap Titi, who passed away in late i980s was a political kingmaker who asked the colonial leadership to absorb the former president, then a teacher, as a legislative assembly member representing Rift Valley.
Through their spokesman John Rop Titi, the family says that the former chief who once served as a councillor at the Nandi county council gained was instrumental in recommending many people to positions of leadership.
Among other prominent people he recommended for leadership to his subjects as undisputed senior paramount chief during his hey day are former Tinderet MP the late Jean Marie Seroney, former MP the late Kiptum Choge and former deputy speaker Samuel Ng’eny.
The family is proposing that an institution of higher learning particularly Kemeloi Institute which sits on land that he donated, be named after him for recognition of services he rendered to the community.
Besides Kemeloi Institute land, the family also says he donated land for schools, health institutions and the famous Serem market which attracts buyers from Nyanza, Western and Rift Valley.
Despite not receiving formal education, the senior chief rose to become an influential member who had a rapport with former president Moi which saw one of his sons Paul Titi endorsed by Kanu as MP for Aldai in 1992 elections.
Because of his distinguished service and devotion to duty in representing the colonial government, he alongside two other senior chiefs namely David Kirui from Bomet and Senior Chief Muhoyia from Nyeri, were in 1953 invited to attend Queen Elizabeth ll coronation to represent the Kenyan colony in London.
They were received in England by the mayor of London accompanied by Kenya’s first minister Musa Amalemba who was the interpreter. The chief was also the architect in rewriting the book, Nandi Resistance to British Rule in 1875, which saw him given a free copy as a token of appreciation for providing crucial information.
They all returned home decorated with the prestigious medals of order of the British Empire presented by the queen herself.
The revered chief started off as an ordinary supervisor during the construction of Nakuru-Eldoret railway line before his services were terminated when the construction ended.
He was appointed a sub headman in his Kesengei locality, the equivalent of an assistant chief in the present setup and was promoted to full headman of Kapkures location after his boss chief Kosabei suddenly went blind.
The polygamous chief introduced grave burials to his Terik subjects, advocated for education of children, opened roads for easy access to markets besides assuming overall patronage in Aldai.
His vast family members include William Titi, formerly of KBC Kisumu, Amb Jacob Chumba, Dr Salome Chumba, Lydia Jeruto Metto, farmer John Sangutei, Amb Jacob Bittok, former director of Kenya Sugar Research Foundation Julius Maindi and former managing director of KNTC Philip Magut.