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Elders Perform Rituals Before Cutting Down a Mugumo Tree to Pave Way For Road Construction(Photos)

Elders performing a ritual before cutting a Mugumo tree (Photo/Courtesy).

A group of Kikuyu Elders have performed traditional rituals in Sagana town, Kirinyaga County to appease the gods before allowing contractors to cut down a mugumo tree. The historic tree was cut down so as to pave way for the construction of the Kenol-Sagana-Marwa Highway, which is still under construction.

The rituals involved lighting a fire at the site where the tree stands. They also conducted prayers facing Mt Kenya while dressed in traditional regalias and sacrificed a goat.

Speaking to the press, Sagana Chief Joseph Kabinga said the ceremony had to be conducted since, under the Kikuyu traditions, the Mugumo tree is sacred. It is believed that bad omens occur when the tree is cut down without the rituals being performed.

Chief Kabiga said the contractor can continue with the construction work without any worry after the rituals were performed.

''The road contractor can now move and cut down the tree and continue with the construction,'' he said. Below are photos of the ceremony.

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Joseph Kabinga Kikuyu Kirinyaga County Mugumo Sagana

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