Police foil oath taking ceremony in Nairobi
Written By:Nicholas Kigondu/Anthony Kaikai , Posted: Tue, Apr 15, 2008
Three people were Monday night killed in two separate incidents within Nairobi, hours after countrywide violent confrontations between police and suspected mungiki adherents left over ten people dead.
In Nairobi’s Ngara estate, one person was hacked to death by suspected Mungiki members while two suspects were gunned down by police in Nairobi’s Industrial Area.
Five vehicles were also burnt in Ngara in a dawn attack while a passenger bus was torched along Mbagathi way.
The mayhem entered its second day Tuesday as suspected Mungiki sect members continued with the orgy of violence.
They killed a watchman in Ngara Estate even as security officers foiled an oath taking ceremony planned by members of the outlawed sect in Sinai slums, Makadara Estate.
According to Nairobi East DC James Kanyiri, three heads of cattle intended to be slaughtered by the sect were impounded during the operation.
Transport in several city estates was also paralyzed as matatu operators opted out of the road for fear of attacks forcing commuters to walk to their destinations.
An operation mounted Monday by police against members of the sect continued Tuesday with security officers patrolling areas that were most affected by the skirmishes, making several arrests in various parts of the country.
Meanwhile transport along the Kiriani-Kangema-Murang’a road in Central province remained paralyzed for the better part of the day Monday as Matatu operators withdrew their vehicles from the route as members of the outlawed Mungiki sect barricaded the roads using trees and electric poles.
However later in the day security forces managed to remove the barriers but only private vehicles operated on the route as public service vehicles stayed away in fear of the gangs.