Cleric backs war against Mungiki

Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, Jan. 13, 2003

Anglican prelate Mwai Abiero has asked the Government not to relent in its crackdown on Mungiki.

The Maseno South Diocese bishop also asked Kenyans to assist the Government flush out adherents of the sect.

Abiero equated the sect members to devil worshippers and said the Government was right to deal with them ruthlessly.

“The war against Mungiki is a war against devil worshippers and other lawless groups and the Government needs our support to win this war,” he said.

A week ago Mungiki people killed 23 people in Nakuru and two more were killed in Murang’a.

In 2001, Mungiki killed over 20 people in Nairobi’s Kariobangi estate.

In the Nairobi and Nakuru killings, Mungiki, an outlawed sect, was said to have been exacting revenge for the killing of their own.

Bishop Abiero was speaking at St Stephen’s Cathedral during a Thank Giving service. A prayer service was also held for the new minister for planning and economic development Prof Anyang Nyong’o.

Nyong’o said the Narc government would be responsive to needs of all Kenyans and was also committed to transforming the country.

And Nairobi Provincial Police Officer (PPO), Mr Stephen Kimenchu, has vowed to hunt down Mungiki people until he stamps out the menace.

The hunt for the outlawed sect’s leaders by police intensified in Dandora and adjacent estates Sunday, but there were no arrests.

The PPO, meanwhile ordered the arrest of a Mungiki adherent who said that the sect members would not budge from Dandora or any other matatu termini unless the Government gives them alternative employment.

Kimenchu said detectives have already identified some of the sect members who are interfering with matatu operations in Dandora.

He said police have established that most Mungiki people who interfered with matatu operations in Dandora came from Ngarua, in Laikipia District, which is considered to be the Mungiki headquarters.

Kimenchu, however, said that police have yet to arrest any of the Mungiki people.

The PPO assured Nairobians that Mungiki people would not be allowed to terrorise Kenyans anywhere.

He said that police were determined to wipe the adherents from the city at all costs.

Matatu operations between the city centre and Dandora gradually resumed but residents said that Mungiki adherents were still manning the stages.

Meanwhile, police are still hunting for Mungiki National Co-ordinator, Mr Ibrahim Ndura Waruinge, and the chairman, Mr Maina Njenga, both of who have gone into hiding.

The Minister for National Security, Mr Christopher Murungaru, over the weekend asked Mungiki leaders to surrender themselves to the nearest police station instead of waiting to be hunted down.

Murungaru said that anyone who claims to be a leader of a proscribed organisation is in breach of law.

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