Court visits suspected mungiki founder’s home

A court visited a residence in Kitengela where suspected members of the outlawed Mungiki sect were arrested.

The Nairobi Senior Resident Magistrate, Mrs N T Ngugi, on Monday held a session at incomplete one-storey house, which police say is a hideout for the sect members.

Commandos from the General Service Unit raided the house belonging to Mr Maina Njenga, believed to be Mungiki’s founder member, on October 5 last year and arrested the suspects.

The home, which stands alone in an expansive reserve about 40km south of Nairobi, has been under round-the-clock security since the raid.

Njenga and 30 other suspects have denied being members of the sect and taking an unlawful oath at the place. The suspected Mungiki leader is also being accused of possessing a firearm.

Njenga, who has been in remand for one year, was driven into the compound in a prison van at about 3pm, in handcuffs and sandwiched between heavily armed warders. His co-accused, who are out on bond, were in a bus and van.

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Dressed in a beige suit, a matching shirt and tie, a composed Njenga made his first visit since the arrest to the posh five bed-roomed house. The residence appeared deserted, with overgrown vegetation and pieces of wood and old car tyres littering the home.

“They have neglected this place yet it was beautiful when I was around,” said jovial Njenga in reference to one of the GSU officers keeping watch.

The session was delayed for about an hour before the magistrate arrived at about 4pm.

Sergeant Moses Nampaiyo, who was among the officers who stormed the residence, took court officials around the house.

They also visited an area said to be a shrine, which had traditional pots and benches painted in different colours.

Nampaiyo said they discovered copies of the sect’s constitution and membership cards, a seal belonging to the Kenya National Youth Alliance, and other paraphernalia allegedly used in oathing.

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The Standard, Kenya
Dec. 5, 2006
Alex Ndegwa

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