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Family serves guests with medicinal urine

By Everline Njeru | October 15th 2012

By Everline Njeru

Residents of Kiarimui Township, Runyenjes in Embu County were treated to a rare spectacle when a certain family served chama women unknowingly with  medicinal urine as a drink.

The incident took place at a local herbalist’s home. It is said that Mrs Githenji aka Kagendo, a mother of three, is skilled on matters herbs. She learnt the trade from apprenticeship. Kagendo grows wild and indigenous medicinal plants in her shamba from seeds and seedlings from as far as Mombasa. This has earned her credibility, attracting many clients.

Reportedly, nothing passes her keen eye. The news about urine being medicinal was not an exception.

Urine juice

Inspired with the news, she decided to add a new ingredient and ‘medicine’ without having to make a trip to the shamba to pluck this, nip that or uproot this.

According to her Class One lastborn daughter who attends the nearby primary school, she collects urine from all of them every evening before retiring to bed and in morning. The urine is then put in a flask or juice bottles.

On the fateful day, it was her turn to host the merry-go-round chama members who come from nearby and neighbouring villages. Usually, they are  served with soft drinks like juice or tea on arrival before the main dish.

Having a lot to say after many days of missing her old friends, she opted to send her youngest daughter to get the visitors ‘something’.

Gatwiri brought the two-litre juice bottle that was in her mother’s bedroom thinking it was the juice.

?Kagendo had gone to the kitchen when this innocent girl  began pouring the drink in the glasses. As she was on the fourth glass, the women looked at the drink suspiciously and at each other. The drink exuded some funny odour. Reportedly, none of them talked until Gatwiri was done with her serving.


 Things turned awry when they sipped the ‘juice’. One lady spat it out as others twitched up their noses, pouring the contents away.

“Mwathani, ka twakunda urogi kana?” (God, is she trying to bewitch us?), Mrs Kanyari enquired in fury.

According to an immediate neighbour, all the women stood up agitated and turned against Kagendo, accusing her of trying to poison them. They even called her a witch as she tried furtively to defend herself.

When the matter was probed,  Gatwiri said her mother used to give them a dose of the drink before sleeping to better their health and boost their immune system. She even disclosed that she used some in her medicinal concoctions as a base to treat people of various ailments.

Since then, Kagendo has closed down her herbal business but it’s still not clear if it’s temporarily or permanent.


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