Church wants action taken against Mungiki
Published on May 3, 2008, 12:00 am
By Saturday Standard Team
The Anglican Church of Kenya is demanding tough action against the Mungiki gang.
The Church accused politicians supporting the group of promoting anarchy.
Anglican Archbishop Benjamin Nzimbi said the Government should crack down on sect members, as they were engaged in crime.
“The Government has the machinery to crackdown on this illegal group yet nothing is happening,” he said.
Nzimbi was speaking in Kericho on Thursday during the consecration and enthronement of the Reverend Jackson Nasoore ole Sapit as bishop of the Kericho Anglican Diocese.
Accompanied by several other bishops, he claimed some leaders appeared to know more about the sect.
His statement came a day after political leaders from Mt Kenya region led by former Cabinet ministers, Mr Njenga Karume and Mr Joseph Kamotho called for the release of sect leader, Maina Njenga.
But in Nairobi, Police Commissioner Maj-Gen Hussein Ali said investigation has been launched into the killing of two Mungiki leaders on Naivasha road last Monday. Two other bodies of suspected sect leaders were found at Machakos District Hospital mortuary.
Ali added that preliminary investigation had indicated that five gunmen were involved in the shooting.
“Police have now launched investigation for murder and robbery with violence and are following several clues,” he said.
The police boss noted that investigators want to probe some Mungiki leaders who called the media and claimed the deceased were being trailed prior to their death.
Yesterday, Ali said investigators would be seeking to establish the relationship between the murders and others, especially that of Virginia Nyakio (Njenga’s wife) and her driver.
“This is because it has been noted that there are some members of the sect who are aware of the trails that lead to victims’ deaths,” said Ali.
Police are also investigating the discovery of two bodies believed to be followers of the sect that were found at the Machakos District mortuary.