Kikuyu elders to fete Transition Authority Chairman Kinuthia Wamwangi for his dedication

Kinuthia Wamwangi, Transitional Authority boss speaking at the devolution meeting at Panafric Hotel. (PHOTO: MBUGUA KIBERA/ STANDARD)

The Kikuyu Council of Elders is set to bestow Transition Authority Chairman Kinuthia Wamwangi with one of its highest honours for his exemplary work.

Mr Wamwangi will be installed and awarded the Kikuyu Community Eldership Class of Njamba (hero) in recognition of his service to the community and the public in general.

Speaking in Nakuru yesterday, Kikuyu Council of Elders Chairman Wachira Kiago and Secretary General Peter Munga said the award ceremony would be held at Kunste Hotel this Saturday.

The elders said Njamba  Eldership Class is awarded to a senior citizen from the community who has excelled in his professional work and Wamwangi fits the bill.

Mr Munga on behalf of the elders said Wamwangi has been instrumental in steering devolution and will be a role model to young professionals from the community upon installation as Njamba.

Shown dedication

"This recognition has come as a result of your exemplary service to the Kikuyu community and the nation at large because you have shown dedication in your career," the elders in a letter to Wamwangi said.

The elders also praised Wamwangi for his work while he served as a town clerk at the Thika Municipal Council at a time when the town was referred to as the ''Birmingham of Kenya'' for orderliness and a thriving industrial sector.

Munga said the decision to fete Wamwangi was arrived at following a rigorous vetting process spanning two years and lengthy deliberations.

He will be handed muthigi (leadership stick of authority) and cloaked in a treated cow skin to symbolise his newly acquired status as a community leader.

Munga said other two top leaders in the community who had previously been recognised by the council are President Uhuru Kenyatta and the late Njenga Karume.