Published on April 15, 2008, 12:00 am
By Cyrus Ombati And Brian Adero
Kenyans woke up to a day of terror and violence that left at least 14 people dead, about 30 cars burnt and property destroyed by suspected Mungiki sect members, just a day after the Grand Coalition Cabinet was named.
A man watches as a lorry goes up in flames during demonstrations by members of the outlawed Mungiki sect in Nakuru.
In what appeared to be a well planned and swiftly executed orgy of violence carried out simultaneously in Nairobi, Naivasha, Nyahururu, Nyeri, Eldoret, Nakuru, Limuru, Murang’a and other towns, the Government security detail was largely caught napping. In some areas, police response came too late.
The banned sect members were said to be reacting to the alleged killing of their leader Maina Njenga’s wife. Mrs Virginia Nyakio and her driver George Njoroge’s bodies were found dumbed in Gakoe Forest, Gatundu, on Wednesday, a day after they were abducted near Ongata Rongai, Nairobi.
In Monday’s unfortunate events, mungiki gangs, wielding machetes and all manner of weapons visited violence on members of the public, barricaded roads and paralysed transport as they carried out sporadic and spontaneous attacks in several parts of the country.