The coronation ceremony of National Assembly speaker Justin Muturi as the GEMA spokesperson has been thwarted after Murang’a governor blocked the venue.
Governor Mwangi wa Iria has vowed to ban any political activities from taking place at the Mukurwe wa Nyagathanga shrine, where Muturi was to be crowned.
Wa Iria said that the shrine is a protected area and not a stadium to be used for political sideshows.
“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.
Wa Iria challenged the organizers of the event to look for another ground within the region, but not the shrine.
According to the Murang’a governor, President Uhuru still stands as the undisputed spokesperson of the GEMA community, and conducting the ritual will amount to disrespect.
A section of Kikuyu elders also distanced themselves from the ritual with the national chairman Wachira Kiago saying he is not aware of such plans.
Speaker Justin Muturi was to be coronated on Saturday after undergoing an 8-day ritual.
According to the Agikuyu culture, Muturi had been placed in a secluded place where he eats special food, cannot leave his house nor see a woman.
In his hiding place, Muturi can only meet elders and not any other man who can sire children.
However, the organizers of the event said that it was meant to serve a cultural purpose and not a political one.
“I will be among those receiving him. This is not confirmation of a spokesperson. We are identifying a leader who cannot only lead us in politics but also lead us from a moral, cultural point of view,” said Peter Kagwanja, the patron of the Murang’a elders.