Mt. Kenya elders have embarked on a journey of coronation for National Assembly speaker Justin Muturi as president Uhuru Kenyatta’s successor.
Muturi is said to have already started the ritual and will be ready to be crowned as the regional political kingpin this coming weekend.
According to the Agikuyu culture, Muturi has been placed in a secluded place for 8 days until his coronation day.
In his hiding place, the speaker eats special food, cannot leave his house nor see a woman.
He can only meet elders who have been cleansed, and not men who can sire children.
The elders have stated that the ceremony is not meant to be for political purposes, but more of a cultural 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 as quoted by The Star Newspaper.
“We are not saying there will be no political import but for now what we are doing is to have the person who was crowned by the other sections of Mt Kenya to be accepted by our region,” Kagwanja added.
In March 2021, Muturi had been crowned as the Mt. Kenya spokesperson by the Njuri Ncheke council of elders.
The coronation event took place at the Njuri Ncheke shrine in Tigania, Meru county.
“Muturi is a senior politician from the mountain and we want our voice to be heard,” said the elders.
Chairperson Josphat Murangiri said the occasion would have a political impact on the region considering it has no definitive leader as President Uhuru Kenyatta is set to retire after serving his second and final term in 2022.