Mutua dismisses report linking
State to election chaos
Story by FRED MUKINDA
06. March 2008
The Government has dismissed a British Broadcasting Corporation
report claiming that post-election violence in parts of the Rift
Valley Province was State-sanctioned.
Government spokesman Alfred Mutua termed the report “preposterous,
baseless and at best defamatory”.
The report posted on the BBC’s official website Wednesday, claims
the violence was planned by senior Government officials in
meetings held at State House, Nairobi, after last year’s General
“The Government of Kenya has been shocked by the story that
alleges that members of the banned Mungiki sect held meetings at
State House, Nairobi, the Official Office of the President,” said
Dr Mutua. He continued: “No such meetings took place at State
House or any Government Office. It is injurious to the President,
Government and the People of Kenya for BBC to run such unfounded
Dr Mutua said the Government would write to the broadcaster to
demand an apology, a retraction and an inquiry into the motive of
Meanwhile, he urged Kenyans to observe peace and shun the
The BBC report quotes anonymous sources alleging that Government
officials declined to comment on the matter. However, Dr Mutua
said they did not seek any comment.
According to BBC, former Internal Security minister John Michuki
and his predecessor, Prof George Saitoti, had been invited to
respond to the claims.
The report claims Mungiki youths were transported in matatus to
allegedly cause mayhem in Nakuru and Naivasha while police were
given strict orders not to restrict the movements of the youths.
“The Government has never worked with or engaged banned criminal
organisations for any work,” said Dr Mutua.
The BBC report was posted on its official website hours after
groups of Mungiki supporters swarmed city streets demonstrating in
support of their jailed leader, Mr Maina Njenga, Wednesday morning.
More than 1,000 people were killed and another 350,000 displaced
following fighting which broke out after the announcement of
presidential election results.