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Mungiki leaders still want to meet Raila

Published on April 20, 2008, 12:00 am

By Cyrus Ombati

Leaders of the outlawed Mungiki sect are still pushing for a meeting with Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

The sect wants to give Raila ‘dossier’ on the alleged involvement of some top Government officials in its activities.

Police repulse mungiki women after they attempted to petition the Prime-Minister Raila Odinga on Friday. Picture by Collins Kweyu

The sect claims to have ‘damning’ information on some Cabinet ministers in ODM and PNU.

The sect accuses some Government officials of betraying it by “refusing to intervene as police kill us indiscriminately”.

The sect leaders say they will also petition Raila to call for an end to the crackdown on their followers.

“We shall ask him to ensure action is taken on the extrajudicial killings of our members,” said one of their leaders.

Some Mungiki followers interviewed by The Sunday Standard claim they were ‘promised many things’ before and after the last General Election ‘but the pledges have not been fulfilled’.

The source added: “We shall tell Raila all we know about the people behind the violence. We believe as the Prime Minister, he will take action.”

They also want a Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Committee established soon so they can air their grievances in public.

Police have blocked the sect’s attempts to see the Prime-Minister.

On Thursday, police blocked a march by Mungiki women followers to Pentagon House in Nairobi, to see Raila.

Some of the women, carrying children, claimed their husbands had been missing since police raided some city slums last year.

Meanwhile, a post-mortem report shows Virginia Nyakio, wife of jailed Mungiki chairman Maina Njenga, and her driver, George Njoroge, were tortured before they were killed.

But detectives investigating the case say they are yet to receive any crucial facts on the deaths.

The bodies of Nyakio and Njoroge were found dumped in a forest in Gatundu a day after they were abducted in Nairobi. The sect blamed the killings on police. But police have refuted the claim.

Some Mungiki leaders have vowed to delay Nyakio’s burial until Njenga is released from prison to attend his wife’s funeral.

Njenga is serving a five–year jail term at Naivasha Maximum Prison for possessing an illegal firearm.

Other officials say Njenga has told them to postpone the burial indefinitely to enable him appeal for his release.

Police presence was reinforced at Njenga’s farm in Kitengela, in anticipation that the burial would take place on Saturday.

Police have been guarding the farm since 2005, when they raided the farm after the sect members allegedly conducted an oathing ceremony there.

Expecting Nyakio’s burial to take place, Police Commissioner, Maj-Gen Hussein Ali, had asked Njenga’s family to limit the number of mourners to help maintain law and order.

Ali said they had information that some ‘wanted’ people had planned to assemble during the burial to disturb the peace.


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Secretary general of Chama Cha Mwananchi. This blog www.chamachamwananchi.wordpress.com, is based in Sweden.


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