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Embu elders irked by poor leadership, rising sexual crimes

The Embu people believe the stone miraculously sprouted from the ground and gradually grew into a huge stone. Ireri said many Embu prayers have been answered from there in the past.

By Free Press Reporternewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comMonday, 30 May 2016 08:40 EAT

The Nyangi Ndiiriri Council of Elders of Embu gathered at a traditional shrine to pray for political and social liberation in Embu.

Led by their chairman Andrew Ireri, the elders gathered at Ithiga ria Kaguma (the huge Stone of Kaguma) at Gicera Village in Embu East Sub-county on Tuesday where they conducted traditional prayers.

The Embu people believe the stone miraculously sprouted from the ground and gradually grew into a huge stone. Ireri said many Embu prayers have been answered from there in the past.

The elders also castigated the rise in sexual offences in the county, saying there is a consistent spike in the number of rape and defilement cases being reported in the region.

Ireri expressed worry that many underage girls have had their lives ruined by sexual offenders, some of whom include the girls’ relatives.

Ireri said the current crop  of Embu leaders had not lived up to the expectations of the residents, asserting that the leaders had abandoned Embu traditions that inspired good leadership.

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