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Omieri Receives Grandiose Welcome in Kisumu

The Legend of Omieri

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The legendary snake – Omieri from Nyakach that died 31 years ago received a very warm reception in the city of Kisumu in the currently on going 3rd KNATCOM UNESCO National Cultural Celebration held at the Jomo Kenyatta Sportsground in the city.

Hundreds of people lined up in long queues to catch a glimpse of this legendary snake, currently under a traditional shed built up for her at the Jomo Kenyatta Sportsground.

The snake has been under the care of the National Museums of Kenya. The county managed to lobby the museum to lend it to Kisumu for this particular purpose, and as such, members of the public will have the chance to see the snake, which has been preserved all this while.

Kisumu Museum will thus be the temporary home of Omieri up to and until end of October 2018.

Nyakach elders held a special traditional cleansing ceremony for Omieri and apologised for the fire that led to her untimely death.

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Nyakach elders carrying cleansing prayers for Omieri

The people of Nyakach will also have the opportunity to see the snake Monday and Tuesday next week, as it will be taken to its ancestral home in Wasare.

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Amina Mohamed the CS Education, Culture, Arts and Sports graced the occasion and couldn’t wait to catch a glimpse of Omieri.

It succumbed and died to burns it received in 1987 when it’s bush habitat was accidentally lit, and thus receiving serious burns, leading to its death.

Also Read: The Tale of the Legendary Omieri the Daughter of Nyakach

The then local member of parliament Ojwang Kombudo lobbied and asked the National government to preserve it’s carcass as it had mystical powers among the Nyakach folks, and the luo community.

National Museums of Kenya is however, currently training Kisumu Museum staff on how to take care of this revered snake, so that Omieri will finally have Kisumu as it’s final home.

Welcome back home, Omieri.

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