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The Die Is Cast For S.K. Macharia As Kikuyu Elders Perform Rituals To Curse Him.

Kiarii Rugami Wa Chumbuu, the Murang’a County Chairman explaining to the members of press the gravity of the matter as per the Kikuyu traditions.

About 100 Kikuyu elders converged in Ndakaini Village, Gatanga Sub-County of Muranga to perform a traditional curse on Royal Media Chairman S.K. Macharia for what they described as his betrayal of his own community.

The elders from across the country, performed their rituals which included slaughtering a one-coloured he-goat and roasting it as they uttered their curses to the ancestors before they pierced the meat with thorns, indicating the kind of wrath that faced the media mogul. According to the Kikuyu tradition, this is a worst case scenario for any person that can lead to a calamity to the affected person, most probably hitting its target within the next 90 days.

“This is real. It is no joke. We gave him the mandatory 14 days to apologise to the community for exposing them to attacks by other communities especially at this electioneering period,” said Kiarii Rugami Wa Chumbuu, the Murang’a County Chairman.

He said that as the tradition of the Agikuyu, it was a bad omen for any member to expose the community to enemies with intent to cause bloodshed for their own kinsmen.

“We have sent delegations to him but he has dismissed the call of the community, leaving us with no choice but to go ahead with the rituals. He has instead denied ever uttered words that could jeopardise the safety of the Agikuyu Community. We curse his business. We curse his generations. He is not lucky if you may ask me. Curses do strike,” he said.

Ndichu Njuguna, the National Deputy Chairman of Kikuyu Council of Elders said that the exercise would serve as a lesson to the community so as to deter any other person who might have similar thoughts.

“We have sacrificed a black goat to appease the spirits and save the community from possible bloodshed. Macharia’s case was that of pride and we cannot not wait for bloodshed just to appease an individual. His case is closed,” said Ndichu.

Sometimes in December last year, SK Macharia revived a 10-year dispute that plunged the country into chaos when he told the Senate’s Legal Affairs committee that former Prime Minister Raila Odinga won the 2007 presidential election. Although he did not substantiate his preposterous allegations during his submission on the contentious Election (Amendment) Bill, Mr. Macharia claimed to have evidence to back his claims that Raila won the 2007 duel.

The businessman claimed that his media house conducted a parallel tallying of votes from all polling stations in the country, where statistics showed that Raila emerged the victor.

“The one who was declared the winner in 2007 was not the winner. We tracked all the results through satellite phones and as per my records, Raila won the elections,” Macharia told the senators when he gave a historical perspective of why elections in Kenya are disputed. 

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Curses have been an occasional tool for Kenyan communities powerless to stop certain ills in the society. Details of such rituals are very hard to come by as only those who have undergone the traditional stages of the Kikuyu culture are allowed to attend, the more reason we were not allowed to witness them in this particular case.

In November 2012, a group of Kikuyu elders met at Uhuru Park in Nairobi to seek intervention from their ancestors on the Hague cases. Dressed in traditional regalia, they at 11am, streamed to a corner at the park to plead the case for the then Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, Eldoret North MP William Ruto, former Public Service head Francis Muthaura and radio journalist Joshua Sang.

The group, which was led by two elders, comprised seven men carrying huge traditional calabash gourds, one with a polythene bag full of ash — one adorned in a red, white and purple robes similar to that worn by heads of the clergy and on his head a miter-a liturgical cap similar to that worn by the Catholic bishops.

The elders, whose faces were covered in ash with chicken feather stuck in their beard and hair, walked in a straight line behind the old man brandishes his traditional fly-whisk as if giving directions and orders. They formed a circle around the old men with the whisk and the traditional bishop and kept whispering as they encircled him performing other rituals.

And one by one the men carrying the gourds rushed to the centre and broke the gourds and return to the circle, as they are sprinkled with ash.

Kuraga kwa inya (ceremony of calabash breaking), is a liturgical cleansing ritual, the first was done a hundred years ago to liberate the country from colonialists. This one is to seek ancestral and godly powers to waterdown the negative effects of evil schemes hatched by external forces and unnecessary foreign pressures on the country.

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