PCEA ban on Kikuyu rite sparks big storm

Kariuki Kabui waves to the crowd after he was installed as the King of the Kikuyu cultural association- Kiama Kia Maa at Mugwathi hotel in Nyeri town in 2016. PHOTO | JOSEPH KANYI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Men who undergo the process then join different kiamas (groups), where they receive advice on Kikuyu culture, marriage and community responsibilities.

  • The church is said to be sticking to its doctrines, which bar its elders and the congregation from practising cultural rituals associated with Agikuyu elders.

  • The church is said to be giving its members the option of abandoning these cultural ways of worship or leaving the congregation.

A decision by the Presbyterian Church of East Africa to bar its congregation from Kikuyu traditional rites has sparked a row among worshippers across Mt Kenya region.

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