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Stop Terror Now, Urges Rights Group

The Nation, Kenya
June 19, 2004 • Saturday June 19, 2004

Kenya Human Rights Commission has asked the Government to act swiftly and stop killings by the Mungiki followers in Nairobi.

The commission’s deputy executive director, Mr Steve Ouma, said the killings showed that the Government had failed to protect Kenyans.

“The Government owes all Kenyans a duty of guaranteeing them security to life and protection to property,” says Mr Ouma.

“Allowing a terror group to purportedly claim to provide security to any section of the society manifests Government’s failure to carry out its own responsibility.”

The presence of the sect, he said, was evidence of political and economic decay.

The official asked the Government to create economic opportunities for members who abandoned the sect.

“The Government and society must act in full speed to get rid of this group for every one to live free of fear,” he said..

Police Commissioner Brigadier Mohammed Ali is categorical that Mungiki is illegal.

“The existence of the organisation remains illegal and the status quo has not changed,” he told journalists recently in Nairobi.

Asked if police had any plans to protect Mungiki defectors, following several deaths linked to the outlawed sect, he answered: “The role of the police is to protect everybody… We shall offer security to all… If we think that one requires peculiar type of security protection we shall provide the same.”

On Monday, sect members slashed a 13-year-old school girl to death at Mlango Kubwa estate, Nairobi. The girl was peeping outside the door of their house as the gang terrorised residents.

They were protesting the arrest of seven of their leaders by a special crack squad formed to wipe out the sect.

The previous week the severed head of a defector was wrapped in a green paper bag and dumped at the OTC bus stop along Race Course road.

It is believed this was meant to be a warning on other would be defectors.

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