A planned ceremony to cleanse the Agikuyu Shrine Mukurwe wa Nyagathanga has been set for Friday.
This comes after a section of elders from Mt. Kenya organized the event following the coronation of National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi as Mt. Kenya spokesman.
The elders opposed to the coronation claimed the shrine is a holy place and rituals conducted during Muturi’s event may have negative implications.
In the cleansing preparations, the elders plan to start the exercise at 5am in the shrine and later hold prayers at Mumbi grounds in Murang’a town.
The organisers so far, have acquired a permit from security agents to hold the meeting and requested the County Government to deploy health officers to guide and check on adherence to Covid-19 protocols.
The elders include Kiama Kia Ma National Vice Chairman Dr. Mugo Njoroge, Murang’a Branch Chairman Mukuna wa Kariuki, Kikuyu Council of Elders National Coordinator Rev. Peter Munga amongst others.
Speaking to the media, they explained the need to cleanse Mukurwe wa Nyagathanga saying it was used for political interests, abuses traded while the shrine is meant for cultural ceremonies only.
Murang’a Governor Mwangi wa Iria cautioned security officers from interfering with the Friday plans which he termed purely cultural.
Speaker Muturi’s installation was however protested by a section of elders who said it is wrong to have such an event being conducted at the shrine terming it as political.
The elders warned that dire consequences might befall the speaker and the people organizing the event as well as the community.
The opponents argued that making Muturi the spokesperson is demeaning the president who is the kingpin for the region.