Mungiki youth beaten to death

Daily Nation (Kenya), Jan. 6, 2003

A Mungiki sect member died after being beaten by touts in Nakuru Town yesterday. The death brought to three the number of youths who have been killed in the town since Saturday, during clashes between touts and the sect members over the right to collect parking fees from matatu [commuter vehicle] operators.

Nakuru deputy police commander Sevelino Kubai said the touts attacked the youth at Afraha Stadium where he had spent the night.

“The young man hid in the stadium where he had spent the night following the Saturday fight. He was beaten senseless and police officers who rescued him from the mob took him to the Rift Valley Provincial General Hospital in critical condition,” Mr Kubai said.

When the Nation visited the hospital at noon, a nurse at the casualty department said the victim died as doctors attended to him.

Police said 18 followers of the unregistered sect had been arrested in connection with the fracas and would be charged in court soon.

Three people were killed on Saturday in Mwariki and Lake View estates during a fierce day-long fight between the touts and the sect members.

Touts and matatu drivers have vowed to eject Mungiki members from all matatu stages, claiming they illegally demanded between Sh20 and Sh50 from every vehicle.

He said a Mungiki youth who was shot by police in the thigh after he confronted one of the officers with a panga [machete] on Saturday, was also in custody. “The fracas started when some of the Mungiki sect members started stopping matatus and demanding money from touts, drivers and passengers and attacking those who defied them with various weapons,” Mr Kubai said.

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