A ceremony to cleanse Tharaka community from what the elders say is a curse once said to them by their legendary leader known as Kibuka was conducted at Kibuka Shrines falls in Marimamti ward in Tharaka sub county.
The event was graced by traditional leaders from different communities among them the Maasai laibon Mr. Moses Ole Simil, Kikuyu ritualist Mr. Mathenge, the current Atharaka Mugwe Mr. M’Mwambu M’Nkunyia, and Njuri Ncheke spiritual leader Rev. Mugambi Muithimba. The event was also attended by the area MCA Hon. Susan Mwindu and hundreds of Locals.
The leaders led the prayers seeking being pardoned by Kibuka who the community believes disappeared in the waters of this fall after falling out with the community. Myths say among the reasons that made the legendary Atharaka leader get angered by Atharaka is killing of his son who led and helped the Atharaka triumph in every war they engaged with their enemies.
The legend’s relationship with the community having gone sour, he is said to have migrated with his family and disappeared in the waters leaving behind a curse “butikoona mwega’ which means you will never get any other good person.
The Atharaka, therefore believes that this curse still exists and has been affecting them and hence the need to seek forgiveness. Marimanti ward MCA Hon. Susan Ngugi said the curse has been manifested even in leadership from the region which has always separated them even when they are getting oppressed
“At times as MCAs we have severally agreed for instance to decline passing budgets which is oppressive to our Tharaka people but surprisingly when we get into the floor of the assembly we get divided and leave our people disadvantaged,” Hon Susan said.
Speaking during after event at Mutarangu where the feasting was organized, the Njuri Ncheke spiritual leader Rev. Mugambi Muithimbu challenged the media to be at the forefront in the conservation of culture by promoting local contents in their stations. “It is very disappointing when a local station has most of its contents done using other languages instead of Kimeru, which tends to lower our heritage as a community,” he said.
The event was organized by Service for alternative learning and transformation organizations (SALT) under the leadership of its president Mr. Simon Mitambo. According to Mitambo, the organization has been educating the community on the importance of culture and also teaching the new generation about the rich culture of Atharaka which they may not be aware.
The chairman of the organization told NewsFlash 254 that the organization has been operational for 5 years now where they have been able to revive traditional crops like melons, pumpkins among others other crops.
Further, Mitambo added that they will be holding such an event every 21st of September yearly which corresponds with international peace day, as a sign of peace among the Atharaka community.