CS Kindiki warns politicians linked to criminal gangs

CS interior Kithure Kindiki together with Douglas Kanja deputy IG at the Isebania Police Station in Kuria West sub- county. [Caleb Kingwara, Standard]

Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki yesterday chose to remain silent on whether the government has evidence that former President Uhuru Kenyatta is linked to resurgence of the outlawed Mungiki sect.

At the same time, the National Cohesion and Integration Commission expressed concerns over emergence of “organised criminal gangs banned in 2010 and 2016.”

CS Kindiki, who was responding to questions at Harambee House appeared to have said more than he actually did when he said: “No comment, but any person involved in crime has a date with me.”

Last week, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua claimed the former president was setting up Mungiki youth against the government.

Kindiki made the remarks during the second accountability statement from his ministry. He highlighted some of the major security issues the government has deal with so far. These include the fight against banditry, fight against drugs and illicit brews and the heightened war against terrorism.

He warned civilians against venting their anger by attacking police officers and storming police stations.

He cited the attack on police officers at the Isebania police station as the latest case of affront to government officials by the public.

Last week, there was drama at DCI headquarters on Kiambu road when supporters of former Mungiki leader Maina Njenga accompanied him while recording a statement.

Unamed individuals

Yesterday, Kindiki warned unnamed individuals said to be organising the proscribed sect. “Those recruiting youths to join sects are enemies of Kenya and we are coming for you. Any person who thinks we can go back to when terror groups raped our women is mistaken,” he said.

At the same time, NCIC chairman Reverend Samuel Kobia alluded that the resurgence of the sect is politically driven.

“We are aware that the menace of organised criminal gangs is turning out to be a crime industry with significant interaction with the political class. We therefore put politicians who use such gangs on notice that we are investigating and will take action,” he said. 

He also warned against halting bipartisan talks by Azimio coalition leaders, saying dialogue is the surest bet to resolve their grievances. He complained about ethnic profiling of civil servants and emergence of religious extremism and political intolerance in the country.