New Squad Formed to Crack Down
The East African Standard (Nairobi)
7 March 2008
Cyrus Ombati And Maseme Machuka
Another squad has been formed to crack down on Mungiki sect
The squad, which will be based at CID headquarters, has been
instructed to investigate and bring to book those behind the
Wednesday protests by sect followers in Nairobi.
Sources in the force said some top Government officials were
shocked and upset by the demonstrations.
"It was embarrassing for them to come up at this time. There is
already a team in place to, if possible, track down all those who
participated in the illegal demonstration," said a senior police
By Thursday, sources said the anti-Mungiki squad had gathered
crucial leads that would lead to arrests.
Some officers spent Wednesday night in parts of Central Province
and Nairobi investigating.
Nairobi PC, Mr James Waweru, admitted that security machinery was
caught off guard when about 3,000 followers staged a demo in the
"It was unfortunate that the sect ambushed us and we were doing a
catch up chase game with them. However, our security agents
reacted fast to push the sect out of the CBD," said Waweru. He was
speaking in his office when he met the Nairobi Peace Forum
But sources said some senior officers in Nairobi area police
command had been tipped of the planned protests and brushed it
The majority of the sect followers were ferried from Murang'a and
Waweru said investigation into the issue was being conducted
"We have launched investigation on the motive of this sect and we
will soon be closing in on people behind them," he added.
Police spokesman, Mr Eric Kiraithe, also said investigation into
the incident had been launched with an aim of making "arrests and
"Mungiki is a criminal gang and we will not allow that to happen.
They will regret what they did on Wednesday," said Kiraithe.
He added that the sect remains a banned movement.
Hundreds of Mungiki followers staged a dramatic demonstration in
Nairobi on Wednesday demanding the release of their chairman,
While chanting "No Maina No Peace" slogans, the demonstrators went
through several streets for about 30 minutes before they were
dispersed near Central police station. They described Njenga as a
hero who had been forgotten.
An anti-Mungiki squad - Kwekwe, which was formed last year, was
disbanded in January. Kwekwe quelled the sect activities even
though it was accused of extra judicial killings.