90 boys grad­u­ate af­ter rites of pas­sage

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties -

Ninety boys in Ny­eri county were tra­di­tion­ally in­ducted into man­hood af­ter un­der­go­ing an ini­ti­a­tion cer­e­mony ac­cord­ing to the Kikuyu cul­ture.

The cli­max was at Mount Kenya Ecosys­tem Cen­tre, Abantu Lodge, Kieni East, on Sat­ur­day, when the boys were al­lowed to meet their par­ents af­ter a two-week stay at the cen­tre.

The boys, aged be­tween 14 and 15 years, were ed­u­cated about the im­por­tance of abid­ing by the law and school rules.

The head of Mwaki wa Rware group of Kikuyu el­ders, Gakuo Matu, said the event is spe­cial as it re­minds peo­ple not to dis­card their cul­ture.

Kiama Kia Ma head Kar­iuki Kabue said Kikuyu el­ders will show young peo­ple the right things to do by sup­port­ing them dur­ing this cru­cial stage of life.

Kieni MP Kanini Kega said chil­dren to­day lack morals be­cause of so­ci­ety’s neg­li­gence.

They should be guided by the so­ci­ety to be good cit­i­zens, he said.

/ WAMBUGU KANYI

Some of the 90 boys who un­der­went an ini­ti­a­tion cer­e­mony at Abantu Lodge in Kieni East, Ny­eri, on Sat­ur­day

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