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Struck by lightning: Mugumo tree fell in Muranga hours before Matiba died - 9 months ago, 17 Apr 07:36

By: Boniface Gikandi

Barely 48 hours before politician Kenneth Matiba's death, a Mugumo tree fell after it was struck by lightning in Kiaguthi village, Murang'a County.

The tree, which marked the border of Mugoiri and Murarandia wards in Kahuro sub-county, is said to burst into flames on Friday night.

According to Kikuyu cultural beliefs, this was an indication that a prominent person would die.

The Murang’a chapter of the Kikuyu Council of Elders visited the site.

Council Chairman Joakim Gitonga said the tree fell on Friday night and the fire took hours to put out despite heavy rains.

“Whenever a Mugumo tree falls it is considered to have a message and this time it went down with Mzee Matiba,” said Mr Gitonga.

The retired Catholic priest mourned Matiba, saying the icon was instrumental in the stability of Murang’a.

Gripped with fear 

Mary Wandia, a Kiaguthu resident, narrated how she and other villagers were gripped with fear when the tree fell.

She said in the ...
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