Over 100 Mungiki sect members held for extortion

Kenyan police has detained 120 suspected members of a sect accused of extorting money from Nairobi’s minibus drivers. Kenyan media reports say authorities were ordered to crack down on members of the Mungiki and prevent demonstrations against the police.

The suspects belong to a sect called the Mungiki, that blends Christian doctrines and traditional African practices. It has been blamed for macabre killings, abductions, and extortion and also controls several Muntatu lines in Nairobi.


Mungiki sect leader is shot dead

The chairman of the Kenya National Youth Alliance – the political wing of the outlawed Mungiki sect – has been shot dead in his car.

It comes less than a fortnight after the wife of the sect’s jailed leader was found beheaded, sparking riots in Nairobi and surrounding areas.

It is understood that Charles Ndungu was shot in his car as he headed to the lakeside resort town of Naivasha.

Human rights activists say he had reported he was being followed.

The Kenya National Youth Alliance brought parts of Nairobi to a standstill less than a fortnight ago.

At least 14 people died as they engaging in running battles with the police, who they had blamed for the recent murder of their jailed leader’s wife – charges the police denied.

It was only after Kenya’s new Prime Minister Raila Odinga agreed to meet the group and address their concerns, that threats of further disruption were withdrawn.

The Mungiki, mainly drawn from President Mwai Kibaki’s Kikuyu ethnic group, run transport rackets in the capital and are likened to Kenya’s version of the mafia.

Last year, more than 100 suspected sect members were killed in a police crackdown after a series of grisly beheadings blamed on the sect.