East African Standard (Kenya), Feb. 2, 2003
By Ben Agina
Newly appointed Permanent Secretary for Provincial Administration and National Security, Dave Mwangi, yesterday said his immediate concern is to curb the Mungiki sect menace.
Mwangi said the government’s main focus will be to safeguard the property of its citizens and ensure that the sanctity of human life is respected.
He said the government will be guided by the rule of law and will not condone acts of lawlessness as precipitated by the outlawed Mungiki sect.
Mwangi, who was a deputy PS in the same Ministry before his elevation, said although the task ahead of him is daunting, he was confident he will measure up to the aspirations of the Government.
Speaking on phone, Mwangi, who once served as a District Commissioner in Vihiga and Thika, said having been in the provincial administration for quite a while, he would not find it difficult familiarising himself in his new role.
Mwangi, who has taken over from newly crowned Head of Civil Service, Francis Muthaura said he wants to make the provincial administration a more people-friendly outfit.
Meanwhile, Mungiki leader Maina Njenga yesterday claimed a scandal linking the sect with Kenya Army vehicles was a plot by the government to sack generals, reports Steven Mkawale.
Breaking a long silence, Njenga called our Nakuru bureau from his hideout, using a cell phone, and discounted claims that the movement got 10 Kenya Army Land-Rovers.
“That claim is a ploy by the Narc government to link the generals, whom they cannot easily sack, to Mungiki and pave the way for their removal,” he said.
Yesterday, a section of the media published a story claiming that Mungiki received 10 of the army vehicles from officials under the former Kanu regime.
The paper said police had launched investigations into how the vehicle mysteriously disappeared from an army barrack in Nairobi in the lead up to the General Election.
Njenga, who went underground after his sect followers butchered innocent people in Nakuru, Laikipia and Murang’a, denied the sect had links with Kanu.
He further denied that the sect was being sponsored by the Moi regime, saying its 6 million members contributed to the organisation’s up-keep.
“We get funds from our members who are manning various bus-parks across the country,” said Njenga, who declined to say where he was calling from.
Asked why he has not surrendered to the police, Njenga claimed that he was negotiating with the Minister of State for Provincial Administration and National Security Dr Chris Murungaru.
“We are talking to Murungaru and we hope to come out soon after striking a deal,” said Njenga, who promised to release more information later.
He said he was not hiding but had gone to a neighbouring country ( which he did not name) to “take a rest.”
Early this year, the sect members killed 15 people in an attack that saw police arrest more than 100 people including the former Nakuru Town MP David Manyara.