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Fear in Nyeri as 100-year-old Mugumo tree falls down

05 October 2015, 11:31 Joseph Njung'eh

Nairobi - Panic and anxiety has gripped Game-Rock village in Nyeri County after a sacred fig tree, known as Mugumo in Agikuyu community, fell down.

The tree which is over 100 years old was situated at the farm of former Internal Security minister Chris Murungaru.

Falling of the sacred tree is not normal in the Kikuyu community and could signal that disaster was in waiting.

Johana Maina, who is a farm hand at the six -acre piece of land belonging to the former minister, said he was working few meters away at Murungaru’s palatial home compound when the tree fell down over the weekend.

“I could not believe since it fell down when there was no rain or wind. It also fell on the opposite direction. Less than thirty years ago elders used to offer their offerings to God and pray under this tree,” said Maina.

Residents over the weekend jammed the farm to see the 40-metre-long tree lying down.

Maina said the elders will soon visit the scene for a cleansing ceremony to avert any calamity adding that the tree cannot be cut into pieces since it is never used as firewood within the community.

He added that the former Minister also visited the scene and expressed fears over the occurrence.

In February 2013, a similar 200- year-old Mugumo tree fell down at Giakanja area in Tetu but Kikuyu elders said it was a sign of transition of leadership from the old generation to the next generation.

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