22 June 2002

Africa: Pyramid Erected On Mt Kenya

A pyramid is being put up at a shrine on Mt Kenya in preparation for an international conference to be held in South Africa.

The Sh900,000 Earth Justice Pyramid has portraits of presidents of Africa - Jomo Kenyatta, Nelson Mandela, Kwame Nkurumah, and Julius Nyerere - on each side of the base.

Dr Jack K Githae, the chairman of the Mount Kenya Shrines committee, said a statue of an African seer would stand on top of the pyramid in Kibirichia location, Meru Central District.

"We decided to put the portrait of the legendary Wamugumo, a Kikuyu seer known for his strength since we have his picture. His statue will represent other African seers like Mugo Wa Kibiru," the herbalist said.

The pyramid, which will be built of concrete and granite, will be 12-feet high with a 15-feet base.

It will be commissioned on July 30 before the People's Earth Summit, which starts in August in Johannesburg, South Africa.

This will mark the launch of the Global Drumming Wave in Kenya - a series of activities to create awareness on the People's Earth Summit, Dr Githae said yesterday in Nyeri after laying the pyramid's foundation stone.

He said Mandela stands for justice, Nkrumah represents liberty while Kenyatta and Nyerere symbolise prosperity and peace respectively.

In South Africa, a group of people will gather at a site called Cradle of Humankind, an hour before the opening of the summit.

And in Brazil, over 1,000 people from different religious backgrounds are scheduled to join the wave by gathering at a convention centre for meditation.

Other activities will also be done in United States of America, United Kingdom, Australia and Portugal.

The groups are supposed to come together to link up collectively to strengthen a creative expression of people's relationship with the earth, according to a spokesman of Global Newsletter - Drumming, Mr Gaia Alex.

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