In Summary
  • Elders say that the church should leave it to them to perform the circumcision ceremonies.
  • Mr Chomba said before and after circumcision, the elders would train the boys’ parents and the guardians how to “remain clean”.
  • The church took issue with the manner in which the issue of the “botched circumcision” was handled.

Sharp differences have emerged between the church and Kikuyu elders over who should counsel to initiates before and after circumcision.

On hand, the elders are accusing the church of engaging in “counselling for business gain” while the church accusing the elders of propaganda aimed at preventing it from counselling the initiates.

The Kikuyu elders maintain that the church has no business engaging in the rite of passage and that it has no structures to carry out any advisory role on the initiates.

They say that the church should leave it to them to perform the circumcision ceremonies and concentrate in spreading the gospel.

MENTORING ROLE

The elders’ council, known as Kĩama Kĩa Ma, in Murang’a, through its branch chairman Rugami Wa Chomba, said in the Kikuyu tradition, the elders and the clan of the initiates were the ones who would take charge in mentoring and guiding the newly-circumcised men by taking them through teachings on their culture, traditions and taboos.

He said before and after circumcision, the elders would train the boys’ parents and the guardians how to “remain clean” so as not to interfere with the initiates’ healing process.

“This process must be conducted by elders who are clean and who can guide the parents of the initiates not to engage in sex during this period. But all the heritage and Kikuyu traditions have been eroded by the church who are seeking monetary gains,” claimed Mr Chomba.

'BOTCHED CIRCUMCISION'

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