The Eight Hundred Year Secret From Kenya

It could pass for the best kept secret anywhere in the world. For eight hundred years, a selected number of people have known about it, but have jealously guarded the knowledge only letting it pass to highly vetted chosen few whose induction course takes years to complete.

They did not want to divulge the information. But due to the seriousness of the issue at hand, it became necessary that the Kenyan people be warned in advance of the impending danger their beloved motherland was in, in 2007. Telling the people turned to be a much more complex problem than originally anticipated therefore meaning that a detailed education program had to be initiated.

They commissioned a radio program with the country’s national broadcaster. One of their students who likes being called the Chief Seer’s messenger, became the co presenter and educator.

It is through this radio program that Kenyans heard for the first time that they were the custodians of the much sort after original Ark Of The Covenant, and have been since the year 1210. They were also told of a council of twelve elders who are in charge of two shrines up Mount Kenya, one containing the actual Ark and the other containing scrolls that came alongside the Ark and were also hidden up the mountain. The elders operate in secrecy to guard their wisdom.

For only the second time in history, the elders had to seek special intervention from God, and this time round they wanted the community to be involved. No one knew about them, or any authority they held over others. There was no ground whatsoever of making a largely committed Christian community revert to the old ways of worship, facing Mount Kenya.

The radio program gradually became a must listen Tuesday evening date. Listeners initially became hostile, trying to dismiss the presenter as a conservative traditionalist. But due to his thorough knowledge of the community’s history and the Bible, it did not take long for him to assert his authority in matters religion.

Through the program, communities around Mount Kenya i.e. the Kikuyu, Embu and Meru were called upon to fast and hold prayers on 20th, 21st and 22nd November 2007 to pray specially for their country. They were warned that the country was headed for civil war and God’s intervention was necessary.

At that point, the seriousness of the situation was not clear. It is not the first time Kenya was holding elections, and every election was followed by skirmishes since 1992. This year was not any different and it will come and go. When the election results were announced on December 30th however, all hell broke loose. The opposition slogan of us verses them was put into context.

The Kikuyu, who have investments and dwellings spread all over Kenya, became instant targets. They were hunted down, their houses torched, whole families massacred and even a church burnt to kill those therein. Their kin elsewhere chased people from other communities away. The fast contagious killings soon engulfed the better part of the country. No one was safe to travel any more. The magnitude of the problem became so pronounced that it took the international community to help mediate in restoring peace.

At the end of the day, 1500 people were reported dead and 350,000 were left homeless, living as internally displaced persons. To date the resettlement program is continuing. It is only by the grace of God that the country did not degenerate into civil war.

It took the threat of civil war for this secretive college of elders to share the secrets of the shrines up Mount Kenya. It is now upon scholars and religion historians to take up the offer for opening up one of the shrines to dig for more secrets from up the Mountain of God.

Priya Harrison

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