Kenyan police have denied carrying out extra-judicial killings of alleged members of the outlawed Mungiki sect.
Police hit squads engaged in a vicious war with the criminal Mungiki sect are in the spotlight following the killing of scores of people whose bodies have been dumped in the Ngong Forest area.
The Mungiki, a quasi-religious criminal gang, has terrorised parts of Nairobi and central Kenya in the past few months.
Police arrested a suspected leader of an outlawed Kenyan group blamed for a string of beheadings and fatal shootings this year, the man’s family said Wednesday.
Many primary and secondary school students have joined the outlawed Mungiki sect, headteachers in Murang’a North and South districts said yesterday.
Human rights groups have been calling on the Government to negotiate with the sect members with a view of ending the extra-judicial killings.
The government of Kenya has admitted that it was not easy to wipe out Mungiki-like gangs, and ruled out any negotiations with sect members.
Last month, the police announced that they had killed 37 suspects during the crackdown on Mungiki in Mathare slums. The sect’s leaders placed the death toll at more than 100. But Mathare residents and human rights organisations can only account for 14 bodies.
Locked in a war with Kenya’s police, the Mungiki criminal gang has already spread enough fear and violence to have made its name the word that is not spoken aloud in Kenya’s fertile highlands.
The items, found inside a house where 12 Mungiki suspects were shot dead in Murang’a on Sunday, offer spine-chilling insights into oathing ceremonies conducted by the killer gang.