By Standard Team
Mungiki is back with a vengeance in Central Kenya’s politics and leaders in the region are running scared.
Many who had relied on the banned sect to secure votes in the past are now a worried lot. However, the net extends to political leaders who are being coerced into backing a particular political leader.
Former Mungiki chairman Maina Njenga has already fallen out with most politicians within the region and is seen as providing a stiff competition to the local leadership.
Njenga has been pushing for a different agenda after he was denied a chance to address a Gema meeting in Limuru that was attended by leaders from the region.
He tried to hold another meetingdubbed Limuru 2B at the same venue but police tear gassed the participants.
But what worries many is that the group, associated with gruesome killings and extortion in the recent past, is now working for certain political interests.
Intelligence reports indicate that the sect is regrouping and planning to sabotage political activities of some leaders in Central Kenya.
The revelations have sent panic among politicians in the region who are demanding immediate action by police to clamp down on the group that is feared for its macabre killings.
Assistant Minister Mwangi Kiunjuri who was allegedly mentioned in the report as a target of the group, said he would not be intimidated into abandoning his political ambitions.
It is instructive that Kiunjuri, who was all along perceived to be charting his own political path under the Grand National Union (GNU) party was present at last weekend’s launch of The National Alliance in Nairobi by Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta. His presence raised eyebrows as to whether he had abandoned his earlier stance.
Kieni MP Nemesyus Warugongo also demanded immediate action from the police now that the lid has been lifted on the intentions of the sect members.