PEACE

Kikuyu elders cleanse colonial communial grudges in Lari

Communities in the area fell out during the colonial era.

In Summary
  • Goats and sheep were slaughtered during the cleansing ceremony.
  • Divisions resulted between villagers who supported the colonial home guards and families of the group that opposed the colonialists known as Mau Mau.
Kikuyu elders hold prayers at Kirenga village in Lari constituency to cleanse grudges between communities, June 21, 2024.
Kikuyu elders hold prayers at Kirenga village in Lari constituency to cleanse grudges between communities, June 21, 2024.
Image: GEORGE MUGO

Kiama kia ma Kikuyu elders on Friday led prayers to cleanse the hatred and division between neighbours of Lari constituency that was left after the struggle of Kenya’s independence.

The event was held at a Kirenga village home where the elders called upon the families to start supporting each other, spread love and promote peace and trust.

Goats and sheep were slaughtered during the cleansing ceremony.

The division and grudge resulted between villagers who supported the British colonial home guards and families of the group that opposed the colonialists known as Mau Mau.

Speaking at the event, elder Kigocho wa Waimeri said the event was held after elders representing Lari constituency requested the national organ of the group to cleanse the issue.

He revealed that the issue was discussed and preparations started.

“We have come here to pray and cleanse the region. We want these people to live well, respect one another, support each other like neighbours and stop the notion of Mau Mau and home guard,” Waimeri said.

He also dismissed claims that there were differences amongst themselves saying they did not have any hidden agenda but wanted to pray for peace.

The elders said that as people resisted the British colonialists, Lari constituency was much affected when the colonialists declared the emergency resulting to the infamous Lari massacre.

The Lari massacre that happened on March 26, 1954, left 74 residents dead.

The elders said they will continue with prayers for the country’s peace, coexistence, leadership and unity until Saturday, June 22 when Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua is expected to join them.

Kikuyu elders who attended the event include Njathi wa Mbatia, the oldest of the group, and Thing’o wa Gitau among others.

Saturday's event will be held at Kirenga stadium owing to the huge number of people expected to attend.

Kikuyu elders hold prayers at Kirenga village in Lari constituency to cleanse grudges between communities, June 21, 2024.
Kikuyu elders hold prayers at Kirenga village in Lari constituency to cleanse grudges between communities, June 21, 2024.
Image: GEORGE MUGO
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