Tachoni community holds its annual cultural festival

Leaders join in a Tachoni dance during the event

The Tachoni community held its yearly cultural festival famously known as ‘Ikhoyo’ at Chetambe in Mihuu ward, Webuye East sub county to showcase its culture that has been in existence for many years. The event draws many community members from the 36 Tachoni sub tribes, every year from across the Western region, specifically from the former Western province Counties.

This year’s event though, had a small attendance due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Several leaders also attended, led by Bungoma Deputy Governor Charles Ngome, who urged the community to work together for the sake of development and appealed to leaders to preach peace and cohesion in order to bring together the community’s sub tribes.

He said he’ll work to bring together the two warring Tachoni leadership factions, one led by Patrick Lichuma and the other by Wasilwa Se Wekesa, in order to bring peace and ensure the Tachoni community has a strong leadership devoid of wrangles.

Webuye West MP Dan Wanyama who passed a goodwill message from Deputy President William Ruto hailed the community leadership for holding the festival despite the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. He urged leaders who’ve been in Kenya’s political arena for long without contesting for the presidency to pave the way for serious, young and vibrant aspirants or support DP Ruto’s candidature.

Leaders viewing the historical sites where Tachonis used to hide when fighting with colonialists

He faulted ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and his Ford Kenya counterpart Moses Wetangula for taking the Western region for a ride in order to survive politically, saying their time is up. Ndivisi MCA Martin Wanyonyi lauded the function, saying it was a milestone and key to safeguarding the community’s heritage and struggles of the forefathers.

On his part, the Tachoni council chairman Patrick Sitati Lichuma thanked the leaders who attended the event but urged them to shun divisive politics which may jeopardize the unity of the community.