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. Murang’a county elders chairman mr. Karie Rugami wa Chumbuu said it was real stating they gave him the mandatory 14 days to apologize to the community for exposing them to attacks by other communities especially at this electioneering period.
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. He reiterated that they sent delegations to him but he has dismissed the call of the community, leaving them with no choice but to go ahead with the rituals. He has instead denied ever uttered words that could jeopardize the safety of the Agikuyu Community. they cursed his business and his generations.
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. The group 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 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 water down the negative effects of evil schemes hatched by external forces and unnecessary foreign pressures on the country.