More than 100 religious leaders drawn from various faiths and denominations gathered at the Kabarak home of late President Daniel Arap Moi on Sunday and anointed Moi’s famous rungu that was handed over to Gideon.
The event marked the start of a 40-day mourning period in which leaders and individuals will be welcomed to the Kabarak home to condole with the family.
Political players viewed the act as direct endorsement to Gedion who has declared interest for presidency comes 2022.
The baton belonged to the elder Moi and was a conspicuous symbol of power during his rule which lasted 24 years between 1978 and 2002.
The religious leaders, primarily drawn from Baringo County, promised to pray for Gideon in his quest for the top seat as they assured the family of their support.
Tiaty MP William Kamket said that From Wednesday and Thursday the family expect a huge number of visitors at Kabarak.
“The prayer meeting was attended by more than 100 religious leaders from Muslim, Christian and Hindu faiths to bless the rungu (baton) that was handed over to our party leader,”he said.