Even as the World marked International Men's day on Tuesday, in Nakuru it was joy and celebrations as over 50 initiates who underwent the rite of passage (Circumcision) according to Agikuyu customary traditions were handed over to their parents.
The initiates had been under the care of Kikuyu elders for 14 days undergoing counselling and receiving advice as per the Kikuyu traditions.
Addressing media in the area, the elders from the Kikuyu Cultural Association (Kiama Kia ma) led by Chairman Wachira Kariuki said the passage was organized by Agikuyu elders who found it necessary to cultivate good virtues among young boys graduating to adulthood.
He pointed out that Kikuyu elders have become concerned over the high rate at which young people are indulging in irresponsible social behaviour.
It is for this reason that the elders called on the church and parents to also step in and ensure moral upbringing of the young generation in the society during this festivity as well as in future.
“We have had sessions with the boys and as we hand them over to the parents we hope they will continue from where we left. We also call on the church to help us in shaping the morals in society” said Wachira.
The ceremony held at Nakuru Elite Education Centre was officiated by Kiama Kia ma and attended by former Nacada boss John Mututho.
Mututho calling for concerted efforts in the fight against drugs, alcohol and other substance abuse among young people. According to the former Nacada boss, if the society will not join hands to say no to drugs abuse then there will be a lost generation.
Mututho who unsuccessfully contested the Nakuru Gubernatorial seat in 2017 also appealing to the county leadership and national leaders as well to have the interests of the youths at heart by ensuring that all grabbed parcels of land that were meant for sporting amenities are reclaimed.
“Our youths are getting lost each and every day due to drugs and substance abuse and we all need to wake up as parents and society at large to save the young generation,” said Mututho.