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Police Raid Mungiki Brewery

The East African Standard, Kenya
June 20, 2004
Evelyn Kwamboka • Monday June 21, 2004

The outlawed Mungiki sect has lost one of its main sources of income in the on-going fight by police against its operations.

A brewery situated in Nairobi’s Kariobangi South has been supplying a local brew known as muratina to clubs in slum areas and at Machakos country bus to fund the sect’s operations.

Just before midnight on Friday, officers from Buru Buru police station raided the brewery, which operates under the name Rukuri Cultural Nutrients and Technology, and confiscated 3,000 litres of the brew.

They also arrested 28 sect members found drinking muratina and sniffing tobacco.

The officer in charge of operations at the station, Mr Willy Lugusa, told the Sunday Standard that some of those arrested were caught smoking bhang.

“It is easy to tell Mungiki people from their dreadlocks, tobacco sniffing habit and some of the paraphernalia they use to perform rituals,” he said.

The swoop, in which 122 suspected Mungiki members were arrested in Dandora, Kayole and other parts of Buruburu division, comes barely 72 hours after a provincial security meeting was held in Nyayo House where war was declared on the sect.

The head of the group, Mr Boniface Kiagayu Mathenge, told the Sunday Standard that they were licensed to carry out the business by the Liquor Licensing Board.

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