There is a looming showdown in Mt.Kenya region this Saturday where National Assembly speaker is expected to be crowned as the GEMA leader to take over from retiring Uhuru Kenyatta.
After 8 days in seclusion, Muturi is ready for a cultural coronation ceremony which will be held at the Mukurwe wa Nyagathanga shrine in Murang’a county.
There are reports that some politicians from the region are planning to shield the shrine to prevent the elders from performing the ritual on Muturi.
Murang’a governor Mwangi wa Iria and former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth have ganged with a different pact of Kikuyu elders to make sure that the event does not happen.
According to Wa Iria, the shrine which is in his jurisdiction is a sacred, and heavily protected area, hence he would not allow political antics in it.
“The shrine is under our custody and we shall ensure it is protected and nobody will be allowed in because are not going to let it be turned into a political stadium,” he said.
The governor also stated that the community only recognizes president Uhuru Kenyatta as their spokesperson, and no one else can be crowned in that capacity.
A section of Kikuyu elders led by the national chairman, Wachira Kiago also distanced themselves from the Saturday event.
Muturi faces this opposition after successfully completing the first part of the ritual where he has stayed in a secluded area for 8 days.
During this period, the speaker has been eating special food and not allowed to see women or men who have the ability to sire children.
However, the elders planning Muturi’s installation as a regional spokesperson have said that their plan will continue.
“Yes, we have the President but we are making Muturi the spokesman of the region. We want anybody who wants to engage the region to do so through the spokesman,” said Murang’a council of elders’ secretary-general Samuel Ruru Ng’anga.