Mungiki members lynched
Published on June 6, 2008, 12:00 am
By Cyrus Ombati and Roselyne Obala
Two suspected followers of the Mungiki sect were lynched by wananchi in Nairobi.
Another was stoned and seriously injured in Nairobi’s Umoja Estate before police rescued him.
The men were fleeing from police when they bumped into a mob that turned on them with stones and clubs on Thursday at 4pm.
Police had moved to clear a section of Kangundo Road, which sect members had blocked to protest against the arrest of their colleagues.
They had claimed that their two colleagues were arrested and driven away and their efforts to contact them had failed.
In protest, they blocked the road with boulders and lit bonfires. Police responded, firing in the air several times to disperse them.
|KEEP OFF PLEASE: A police officer controls an angry crowd baying for the blood of a Mungiki suspect at Umoja estate, Nairobi, on Thursday. The residents searched for Mungiki sect members and killed two suspects. Picture: Evans Habil|
The protestors fled towards Umoja but ran into trouble when a crowd turned against them. One victim, who had sought refuge at a primary school, was dragged out of the compound and stoned to death.
Police had a difficult time dispersing the rowdy crowd. The wife of one of the men who have allegedly been arrested, Ms Grace Theuri, said she had visited several police stations, but had not traced him.
“I fear they have killed him because those who have been arrested in the past have been found dead,” she said.
She said her husband’s name was Mr Peter Theuri.
But Buru Buru OCPD, Kipkemoi Rop, denied claims that his officers had arrested the two men.
Mungiki leaders have maintained that they will attend tomorrow’s banned prayer meeting at Uhuru Park.
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Meanwhile, a joint security meeting between Kenyan and Ugandan authorities started on Wednesday in Mbale town, Eastern Uganda.
Three PCs, Hassan Noor Hassan (Rift Valley), Abdul Mwasserah (Western), and Paul Olando (Nyanza), led the Kenyan delegation to the meeting, believed to be about the security situation in the region.
Also in attendance were senior officers from the Kenyan Defence and Internal Security ministries.
Sources indicated the meeting was expected to address issues of disarmament along the countries’ common border.