Maina Njenga allays fears of Mungiki return

Former Mungiki Chairman Maina Njenga (sitting right) with some of his supporters address the press at his home in Karen, Nairobi yesterday. [Collins Kweyu, Standard]

Former Mungiki sect leader Maina Njenga has dismissed fears of a possible resurgence of the group in some parts of the country.

Mr Njenga was responding to reports that the outlawed sect was regrouping in Central Kenya, Nairobi and parts of the Rift Valley.

Njenga said those holding on to the sect were criminals and should be investigated.

“There is nothing like Mungiki. It was disbanded a long time ago and if there are members of any such group, they should be handled by the State," Njenga said.

He added that former Mungiki members had embraced peace and Christianity.

Currently Njenga is a bishop at Hope International Ministries.

During their days, tens of the followers were killed in crackdown that followed before and after the 2007 general elections. They used to extort and threaten many.

The former sect leader also welcomed the anticipated report on the Building Bridges Initiative and called for constitutional reforms to guarantee inclusivity of all the Kenyan communities in Government.

“We have always said that the constitution we passed was 80 per cent perfect, now it’s the time to correct the 20 per cent before the next elections,” Njenga said.

Njenga in an apparent reference to team Tangatanga, castigated leaders in Central province for misleading the region and disobeying orders from the Head of State to desist from early campaigns and deliver to the electorate.

“I urge them to respect the law and follow instructions from the President to achieve his Big Four agenda and to secure his legacy.”

Some leaders are already campaigning in different factions in the country.