The annual Muino Ceremony ‘Sintagh’ was held at Tamkal on Saturday 16th June,2018. This was the 20th ceremony after its inception.
The Ceremony is usually held every June, a day or two after the national budget is read when the shadow of Mt. Kawik hits Kasos. The ceremony brings together different clans of West Pokot County to commemorate and continue with the prayers the pokot prophet called chepokoykoy started. These prayers are done to seek God’s protection from diseases and eradicate all sorts of shortcomings in the county.
The people gather at a place between River Tamkal and River Kale where there is a big mass of stone beside a tree called aron. A bonfire is lit and people dance around twelve times (the twelve will be accompanied by twelve different songs).
Mr. Thomas Lotonyang-CO Tourism and Culture who attended the ceremony, promised the people of the county government’s support in developing and embracing such event in promoting the culture and tourism sector of the county.
“such events should be showcased to the whole world. We are rich in culture and tourism attractions. The songs and dances are so pure and enticing to the heart and many will join in the dance. We as the county government are taken to task to market and promote ourselves especially when it comes to culture” he said.
This year’s sintagh was graced by, William Petangole- Principle Tourism Officers, Stephen Psamugh- Sintagh Interim Committee Chair, county tourism officers and Johnson Kasongol- P.A MCA-Weiwei Ward.