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Teenagers perform strange ritual during funeral

26 November 2012, 13:48 Kelvin Wanjohi

Hell broke loose at the Siberia public cemetery in Nyahururu when a group of teenagers (about 200 girls and 50 boys) believed to be members of a strange cult opened up the coffin containing the body of a 22 year old former house maid and performed a queer ritual.

The teenagers were in a crowd of mourners at the burial of a girl named Emilly Nyaguthii when they rudely interrupted everything, demanding to view the body.

Before the AIPCA clergymen, the bereaved parents and relatives of the young woman knew what was happening, the band of teenagers had opened the entire cover of the coffin using crude tools, exposing the body that had earlier been embalmed and dressed well by Nyahururu district hospital mortuary attendants before it was collected and transported by relatives to the cemetery for the final burial rites.

According to an eye witness, a woman who seemed to be their commander, and who was identified only as Wa Kimberly, said, “We are taking over this burial from this point. Everybody else push back!”

She then lit a roll of bhang amid a chorus of a corrupted Christian hymn by the teenagers.

The group leader placed the smoking roll into the lips of the corpse.

Several rolls of the illegal drug were also thrown into the coffin, as were some bottles of glue that some of the teenagers were sniffing.

“Do not be so dismayed. We have not come to scare you or spoil the burial. But Nyaguthii was a member of our ‘church’ and we must accord her a decent burial and according our doctrine,” Wa Kimberly told the mourners.

Other members of the cult, who had formed a ring around the coffin, dared anyone to try to stop them.

They replaced the coffin top and nailed it back in place using available tools, including stones.

Claiming that they required no ropes to lower the coffin, four of them jumped into the grave to receive the casket that was conveyed down with bare hands to them by colleagues, amid corrupted hymns.

Another ritual was reportedly performed inside the grave before the group covered it with the soil.

“We were all reduced into spectators, and people broke into small groups watching the drama and discussing the ‘phenomenon’ in whispers," said the eye witness.

The residents of Maina village in Nyahururu town, where the deceased came from, had participated in the burial arrangements and raised  money to meet the funeral expenses.

The sect members had waited until the brief life history had been read out and the presiding pastor had finished the sermon, only to intercept when he asked poll bearers to carry the coffin to the grave for lowering.

According to her eulogy, she suffered from a chest problem for a month and died at the Nyahururu district hospital on November 3, a day after her admission.

Relatives who had traveled from Murang’a County for the burial said they had never seen anything like it before.

A representative of the AIPCA in Maina village, Bernard Wanjau, and the official master of ceremony Jerioth Mwihaki, also expressed shock at the episode.

Wanjau appealed to parents to monitor their children’s peer groups’ lest they find themselves in similar situations.

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