Looking at History of salgaa:
The Salgaa First Fatal Road Accident Of 1961.
Many fatal road accidents have occurred in Kenya in the recent past.
To understand why Salgaa has become the darkest spot on Kenyan roads you must get to know the background Of the deadliest series of road accidents that have occurred in Salgaa and its environs since 1961.
There’s no doubt the spot has been a graveyard for many lives than any other place,perhaps in this whole world.The first of these fatal accidents in Salgaa occurred in 1961 when a Chevrolet driven by a white woman sped across the Eldoret- Nakuru highway ramming into a Volkswagen heading towards Nakuru.All roads in Kenya at that time had loose murram surfaces.
As a result of the impact,three Nandi chiefs and a driver traveling in the Ill fated Volkswagen died on the spot,but the lady in the Chevrolet miraculously survived.
Preliminary inquiry into the cause of the grisly accident would have apportioned the blame on the lady.No chronological order of events leading up to the time of the accident would have absolved the white lady.
There had been a verbal curse on the chiefs early in the day before they departed from Kapsabet to Thika, where the Nandi delegation travelling in a bus and a Volkswagen was scheduled to tour Thika school of the blind. The trip inevitably aborted after the accident and the rest of entourage returned back to Kapsabet.
What had really happened in Kapsabet before the journey started?
For one to fully understand, one must look into the historical developments that had taken place in Nandi since 1840s. One must try hard to understand the entire political and social scenario right from the time the Laibons/Talai arrived in Nandi in 1844.
During the time or a little earlier than that the two Massai clans Asin Gichu and Sekelai had locked horns in a fierce supremacy battle. The Sekelai, driven out South East towards Naivasha. The Victorious Asin Gichu turned on there clan leaders accusing them of apathy and treachery.
One of the families targeted for punishment was Kobogoi or Barsobelwo who escaped to Nandi. They were escorted by a one Chepsile of Kapsiron family in Nandi.
Once settled in Nandi, Barsobelwo was blessed with children, one of whom was Kipnyollei. He later sired four sons, Kibuigut, Boisio, Kipchomber and Koitalel Samoei.
In another acrimonious twist of events the Nandi turned on Kipnyollei stoning him to death for what the Nandi described as deliberate misconduct and doom say by Kipnyollei. Historical information on the actual causes are shallow, but all the same Kipnyollei was actually killed by his own people in 1880 or there about.
Before the killing by stoning, Kipnyollei had sensed his imminent death and ordered his four sons to relocate to other distant lands after disposing off his dead body.
He directed the first three sons Boisio, Kibuigut and Koilegei to move out to Kipsigis land, while Koitalel was ordered to go to Tugen. They all obliged and moved out soon after the death of their father. Kibuigut and Boisio were later arrested by the British and send to Forth Hall and other places in Kikuyu land. But Koilegei remained in Kipsigis where his descendants are still living to date. The fate of Boisio and Kibuigut can be traced in another chapter.
Samoei moved to Tugen has he had been ordered by Kipnyollei but quickly returned back to Nandi, citing many reasons that include hostile climate, prolonged drought and loneliness. By the time Kipnyollei was killed, he had settled in Samitui but Samoei upon his return from Tugen decided to live in Nandi Hills. We are not sure how many children he had, but what is certain and confirmed by history is that he sired Barsirian arap Manyei.
Needless to say, Samoei had myriad of problems with the British imperial agents leading to his assassination in 1905. After his heinous murder and the mass deportation of the Nandi to Kabiyet, relative peace and calm returned to Nandi.
The lull lasted for a few years till 1921 when trouble started. This time round Barsirian urged the Nandi community to revisit and it performed one of the most important ceremony and rituals that had not been done in the last 70 years or so. This was SAGETAB EITO. This was a sacred ritual that was meant to transfer power from one aging to a new younger one. History has it that the last time such a ceremony was held was around 1875 when Kipkoimet handed over power to Kaplelach.
By the time Manyei made a move to revive the exercise, one or two generations including Kipnyigei had missed it due to resistance war against the British from 1895 to 1906.
Barsirian called for the exercise in 1921, but before it took place, some Christian members of the community betrayed the course. They feared that SAGETAB EITO would mean another Nandi insurgency and renewed hostilities. The British reaction would be predictable. They then violently dispursed the Nandi and sending Manyei into detention in 1923. He was to remain a prisoner of conscience for 38 years. He remains the longest serving political prisoner history.
In 1956, Princess Margaret toured Uganda where she officially commissioned the Jinga Electric power station. She would make a stop over in Kisumu in en-route to Nairobi and back to London. Colonial office in London thought it was wise to send the Nandi warriors to Kisumu to receive and entertain the Princess- an act that later generated a lot of controversy. The most serious crime committed to the Nandi was to glad the white woman with a ceremonial regalia to which had been confiscated from Samoei by the British.
In 1961 when Manyei was compelled to relocate from Kamatargui he lamented that the Nandi had given the cloak to a woman. He then cursed (BARAK KORGO). As he uttered his painful words Manyei did not direct them to all the three men. It clearly targeted chief Chepkwony not the D.C. or the other young man who stood behind the D.C..
As the dramatic forceful eviction took place the bus loaded with the tourists had already started the journey and was a few miles away towards Nakuru.
Immediately Elijah Chepkwony finished with the Laibon he got into the Volkswagen ther with Joel Malel and Jonathan Maiyo. They were later joined by Eliky Bitok. The crush occurred at Salgaa on that fateful day and the three occupants- Elijah Chepkwony, Jonathan Maiyo and Eliky Bitok perished. This is the curse which Manyei had uttered that (BARAK KORGO).
Salgaa will remain a deadly spot until the Nandi assemble there for a prayer.
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