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Kikuyu Elders perform rituals after Mugumo tree falls, blocks road in Kiambu

On Tuesday, April 16, 2024, elders belonging to the Kikuyu community engaged in traditional rituals following the fall of a revered mugumo tree, which blocked the Kanunga/Banana road amidst heavy rainfall in the region.

Aligned with Kiama Ki’ama, a group deeply rooted in Kikuyu customs, the elders undertook a purification ceremony prior to the intervention of the Kiambu fire department, tasked with removing the tree to restore passage along the road.

A comprehensive cleansing ceremony is scheduled to take place over the course of nine days, aimed at dispelling any lingering negative energies that might pose future challenges.

Residents were cautioned against utilizing branches from the mugumo tree for firewood, as such actions could invite undesirable consequences according to Kikuyu beliefs.

In Kikuyu tradition, the fall of a mugumo tree is interpreted as an ominous sign, potentially marking the conclusion of an era.

Following the incident, motorists were compelled to seek alternate routes to reach their destinations, prolonging their journeys.

Shamte Munyua, chairman of Kiama Kia Ma in Kiambu County, expressed gratitude that the tree’s collapse did not result in any injuries or damage to passing vehicles.

“The absence of harm amidst this event is a testament to divine grace,” Munyua remarked.

Elaborating on the significance of the mugumo tree, Munyua highlighted its status as a natural shrine, symbolizing centuries of spiritual reverence among the elders.

Kimani wa Kuria, also known as Muthamaki, emphasized the necessity of conducting rituals at the site, underscoring the mugumo tree’s role as a sacred space where important ceremonies were traditionally held.

“The mugumo tree served as the spiritual nucleus for Kikuyu elders, and its sanctity was paramount,” Kimani asserted.