Mungiki funerals blocked by police

Weeks after they were killed, three prominent Mungiki members are yet to be buried as their families decry constant police harassment.

And yesterday, hundreds of heavily armed police raided the Kitengela home of Mungiki’s jailed leader, apparently to block relatives from preparing the funeral of his murdered wife.

Virginia Nyakio, wife to Mungiki leader, Maina Njenga, and her driver were abducted in Nairobi. Their badly mutilated bodies were found in the Aberdare forest. Within a few days, two top officials of the Kenya National Youth Alliance – Mungiki’s party – were gunned down by unidentified people along the Nairobi – Naivasha highway. The two were on their way to see Mr Njenga in prison. One of the dead was a brother to Virginia Nyakio’s driver. According to eye-witnesses, the gunmen in the daylight shooting identified themselves as police. On their part, Kenya’s police commissioner says his force does not participate in criminal activities.

Following the murder of his wife, Mr Njenga vowed to bury her at the Kitengela grounds. Her body is still lying at a funeral home. What makes the saga intriguing is that after his arrest, the state turned Mr Njenga’s mansion into a, “police station.” In April, Mungiki engaged police in national demonstrations to protest the killings. The violent clashes ended when Prime Minister Raila Odinga offered to negotiate with them. Since then, police withdrew from the mansion in an apparent goodwill gesture from the government.

However, the breaking up of yesterday’s funeral preparations may harm the government’s negotiations with Mungiki, setting the stage for further confrontations.

The other two men have not been buried either as constant police raids at their homes frustrate funeral arrangements. Neighbours are scared of being associated with Mungiki, according to a report in the Daily Nation.

Mr Njenga, is doing time at the Naivasha Maximum Prison for weapons and marijuana possession. His followers say the charges were fabricated by the Kenyan government to thwart Mungiki’s political ambitions as expressed through the Kenya National Youth Alliance (KNYA).

The Mungiki and the KNYA are calling for a generational change in Kenya to pave way for youthful leadership. According to Mungiki, Kenya’s current leaders are remnants of, “colonial home-guards.”

The Mungiki has called for a return to traditional African values, and is popular with disillusioned youth mostly from the Kikuyu ethnic group. However, the ethnic affiliation of Mungiki has spawned fear in the rest of Kenya’s tribes, especially after political and ethnic clashes earlier this year. Because of this, there has been muted condemnation of police tactics against Mungiki.

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4 Responses

  1. The Government is not interested in negotiating with Maina Njenga faction of Mungiki . The Raila odinga faction wants to negociate with them though . The truth is Maina Njenga has outlived his usefulness . Many now consider him and a few others like his Spokesman Gitau,and defacto vp joe waiganjo loose cannons .As 2012 draws near you will see Mungiki continue to exist but “under new management” Maina is safer in jail.The man to watch or not to watch is Ndura waruingi. Despite denials there are two factions in mungiki. The maina njenga one is still being hunted down by -the police -and other members who are in other security services .The real leaders of mungiki are not njenga and ndura .Mungiki as they say has its owners

  2. WHY KILL HER ? IT IS MY QUESTION EVER SINCE I READ ABOUT HER DEATH . IF MAINA NJENGA IS IN PRISON WHY KILL HER WIFE ? IT IS REALLY SAD , WHO EVER DID IT WILL PAY HARD.

    • It is very sad news. Very senseless and heartless, May God Bless her! Lets keep praying for our people.

  3. Those who live by the sword die by the sword. Not one one in the Holy Book will pass in vain. I have at least lived long enough to see the truth in the words of the lamb

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