is there buried treasure in a cave in central kenya? reports of such have created great excitement in the village of maraigushu. some villagers even dream of becoming rich. others see it as a dangerous hoax.
it is not clear how the rumor started. but the story goes that white settlers hid valuable metals in a cave near the village many years ago. reports say the hidden treasures are worth millions of dollars. treasure hunters reportedly are searching for gold, mercury and other precious metals.
a local man, edward maina, says the rumors have brought hundreds of treasure hunters into town to dig in the cave.
"it's not long ago that people came and they went to excavate the cave, and we don't know them. we heard them saying that in the 1800s a white man left treasures inside the cave and closed it off."
residents say treasure seekers first entered the cave nearly two months ago. police detained them and local officials closed the cave entrance. however, excavators later broke in again.
no gold or mercury has been found. however, the cave does hold another important resource: water.
many local people depend on that natural spring water. officials worry that digging could affect, or even contaminate, the water supply.
gaka mwaniki is a local official.
"there's nothing. we've seen ourselves there's nothing in those caves, they are excavating for the first time, it's natural. it's the water table that they're interfering with."