THE PERMANENT SECRETARY

OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

MINISTRY OF INTERNAL SECURITY

AND PROVINCIAL ADMINISTRATION

HARAMBEE HOUSE

NAIROBI

 

Dear Sir,

REF: ANNUAL PRAYER WALK AROUND MOUNT KENYA

Gikuyu and Mumbi Cultural Museum (GMCM) wishes to humbly inform your office of the above mentioned prayer walk around Mount Kenya on the 27th Day of December 2009.

This prayer, walk is planned for people to seek their relationship with God in reference to the serenity and reverence the Mountain is held by the communities surrounding it, both as a place of worship and as a source of their waters.

The communities ‘history of this Mountain date s back to 1220 AD when our forefathers buried “Managi “ (the Ark of the Covenant) and” Ikunjo” (Coptic Scrolls or perhaps the primitive tola?) in two different sites renamed by scholars” IKB” and “IK C” in the Mountain .This date gives the first known settlement around Mount Kenya .Thus form 1210 A.D the communities around this mountain circumambulated it in prayer once every year until Kenya became a colony I 1920 when the prayer   walk was outlawed by the colonialists as savagery bordering on witchcraft.

It is important to not e the significance of Mount Kenya to the communities around it ( and as a far as Ethiopia) is reminiscent of Mecca a sacred city in the world of Muslim religion.

The prayer walked in the later days is aimed to benefit the communities and the country in two major ways among other benefits.

It will rekindle the old psychic conservation norm that was based on belief systems which recognized the sacrosanct of the Mountain. In opening the prayer walk to the outside world, guide estimates by international specialist in tourism planning and development indicate a rapid rise to one (1) million first visits within the first three (3) years .In pilgrimage it has been predicted of a situation where it will become a global phenomenon forcing the government to regulate the entry of pilgrims by either reducing their number or raising the visa fees .Whichever method, the exchequer will have made an extra shilling.

This is a unique economic boost that will sustain Mount Kenya region and her environs enrotue. Advisory from the working committee gives all international pilgrims an obligation to spend seven (7) days in the prayer walk.

In our research undertakings, Gikuyu and Mumbi cultural Museum is working in collaboration with the National Museums of Kenya-Departments of Archeology, Cultural Heritage and Museums, sites & Monuments directorate, And ,the International centre for   Tranocultural Education of the University of Maryland ,U.S.A.

Sir, in regard to your position as an intellectual endowed with vast wealth of experience in Public Administration and as Permanent Secretary of Internal Security and provincial Administration , Office of the President, we believe you will grasp our visions and present our mission to the government. In that regard we write to you seeking government permit to conduct the aforementioned prayer walk along the Districts surrounding Mount Kenya.

The Prayer, walk is to take place in an anticlockwise motion around the Mountain through the existing roads. For example, those traveling from Nairobi should go through Makuano, Embu, Meru,Nanyuki, Karatina and back to makutano. Those entering from Rift valley and Eastern provinces to go through Karatina, Embu and Meru respectively and back to their point of entry.

In our contemporarily time, walking has been taken up by driving. We therefore request the traffic Police Department to manage the route .Blue ribbons are used as the psychic colour for Mountain prayers.

Enclosed is a sketch map of the routs.

Yours Faithfully,

SAMUEL M. KAMITHA

DIRECTOR-GENERAL