A cultural ceremony will be held on Friday, June 4, to cleanse the Mukurwe wa Nyagathanga shrine after Justin Muturi’s coronation in a ceremony that was heavily opposed by politicians from Kikuyu nation.
Elders from Murang’a County said preparations to remove blemish from the sacred place are in top gear.
“We shall conduct a cleansing ceremony at the Mukuruwe wa Nyagathanga at Gaturi where our leaders popularly known as high priests or cultural priests from the Kikuyu community will conduct the exercise,” said Mugo Njoroge, one of the elders organizing the event.
According to the Murang’a elder, the May 22 coronation of Justin Muturi had turned out to be political and presence of police officers was an abuse to the sacred place.
“There are some people who have been asking us why we are doing this. Some people recently entered the shrine, yet they are not permitted there,
“They entered the shrine with weapons and shoes. This is why our elders will be going there to pray to God to forgive all of us who might have gone against our traditions,
“It is only that some people are not happy when Kikuyus are united, but we are going to assure them that we are united more than ever. Whatever happened at the shrine on May 22 was very unfortunate because it was a sign of commercializing elderhood,” the elder went on.
Murang’a governor Mwangi wa Iria has reiterated his earlier statement that president Uhuru is the spokesperson of the region.
While addressing the press in Murang’a county on Thursday, Wa Iria said that Muturi can lead the Mbeere people unopposed but not the whole GEMA nation.
“Muturi might be the spokesperson of Mbeere, and we wish him well, but what we are saying is that let us not compete on these positions,
“If you want to be a political spokesperson, it is only through elections. So Muturi should wait for next year to square it out with me instead of going through some elders,” Wa Iria opined.
The National Assembly speaker’s coronation as the Mt Kenya spokesperson has casued a rift among leaders in the vote-rich expansive region.
The feat has had leaders from Mt Kenya East (Kikiyu communities) taking on leaders from Mt Kenya west (Meru,Mbeere and Embu communities) from where Muturi hails from.