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Mungiki leader killed in Nairobi

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  1. October

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    Mr Njuguna Gitau Njuguna of Mungiki's political wing was killed after he was confronted by three unknown assailants in Nairobi's Luthuli Avenue.
    He was gunned down inside a shopping mall- Rahim Exhibition- at around 4 p.m.

    Police removed his body to the Kamukunji Police Station. He was later transferred to the City Mortuary.

    His death comes just a day after sect leader Maina Njenga claimed his life was in danger.

    Mr Njuguna, the secretary-general of Kenya National Youth Alliance, came to the limelight in April last year following the death of the wife of the sect's spiritual leader, Maina Njenga.

    The body of Virginia Nyakio was found dumped in Gakoe forest in Gatundu at the height of an anti-Mungiki police operation.

    She was killed together with her driver, George Njoroge.

    Several other Mungiki members had also been killed in unclear circumstances forcing the sect's leadership to speak out.

    It is at this time that the Mr Njuguna came to the fore.

    Their leader, Maina Njenga, was by then serving a jail term of five years at Naivasha Maximum Security Prison for being in possession of an illegal firearm.

    source <http://www.nation.co.ke/News/-/1056/682504/-/uoltct/-/index.html>
     
  2. Kaizer

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    Duh, watu bwana...hili lilikuwa linategemewa sana...kufuta ushahidi kwa njia hii imekuwa ndo mtindo siku hizi, hasa wanapomsubiri Ocampo huku international pressure ikizidi..

    huyo Njenga ajiangalie sana.....
     
  3. October

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    Njenga will be dealt with very soon, he knows too much to be left alone. The problem is that Mungiki were being used by prominent politicians to achieve political gains, these same people would never sit down and wait to be exposed by Njenga, they will have to make sure he will not talk.
     
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    Do you think he has the credentials to seek asylum?
     
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    when you kill tegemea kuuliwa!
     
  6. TIMING

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    Probably yes!!
     
  7. Smatta

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    They will fall like a deck of cards, if you know too much nowadays, you risk your life when you start running your mouth. Maina Njenga knows that and that's the reason he's saying that his life is in danger.
    Lakini sceptics wana sema hii ni diversion ya kutoa macho yetu kwenye ziara ya Ocampo humu nchini, wengine wanasema this was intentional, ya kumwonyesha ocampo that extrajudicial murders are rampant in Kenya, so that he can take quick action and believe what he reads in the media.
    What I know is that this murder was planned to coincide with Ocampos visit, what leaves me baffled is the intentions of the persons who committed and bank rolled the heinous crime to this young Mungiki spokesman.
     
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    Du!!

    Kaazi sana yaani!!! Huu utamaduni wa kuuana sii kitu nzuri ktk jamii!
     
  9. Smatta

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    Ukiangalia historia yetu tangia era za Kenyatta, Moi and now Obako, watu wamekuwa wakiwawa sana, especially due to political reasons, vocal politicians wa Kenya kama akina Gitobu Imanyara wamezoea unknown cars zikiwatrail everywhere, hawajui hao watu ni akin nani na kwanini wanamfuata, labda ni kumtisha tu, lakini it becomes real when the said poltician ends up dead somwhere in nairobi. Hapa hakuna utani mwenzangu, siasa za Kenya chafu aisee.
     
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    And this what they want to export to Tanzania after "Federation"!
     
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    Kikwete atakapomwaga wino kuhusu huo muungano wa Afrika Mashariki ajue ndio analeta utamaduni huu huku Tanzania! Je wabongo mko tayari?
     
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    DONT DIVERT THIS THREAD, THERE IS A EAC THREAD HAPO JUU!!!!

    But I gosta chip in.....................
    Hautaskia hata siku moja Mkenya akisema, ''Kibaki aki sign hiyo muungano, Albino wetu hawatapumua,''. I think we have a lot in our heads that the EAC is a non issue, we cant keep discussing about something that will come to pass, and it will be signed soon, so whats the fuss about.
     
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    ...soon or letter... they will commit his body to the ground... and they'll say to his body, ...earth to earth; ashes to ashes, dust to dust...

    From the Book of Common Prayer



    Genesis 3:19.
     
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    Hata kama hamutaki tutakuja tu. Sisi wakenya tukoaggressive ndo maana mnakuwa waoga. Thus is business!!
     
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    waambie hao, hatuwaombi ruhusa.
     
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    Mungiki spokesman Njuguna Gitau during a press brief on April 21, 2009

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    Njuguna Gitau (left), Maina Njenga (centre) and his lawyer Robert Asembo on October 23, 2009


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    Njuguna Gitau (left) with Maina Njenga after his release from prison on October 23, 2009


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    Police officers view the body of Mungiki spokesman Njuguna Gitau, after he was shot dead by unidentified people in Nairobi on November 5, 2009

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  17. TIMING

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    Iwe, please lets be fair to this thread!

    • Hao tunaowachoma huko barabarani wakiiba underwear za dada zetu pia ni EAC/EAF?
    • Angeuawa popular fisadi in Tanzania would share the same sentiments?
    • Huko kwa kabaka je kuna nafuu yoyote na tofauti na Loliondo?
    • Una hisia zipi na road accidents zilizozidi?
    • Unajisikiaje tunapokosa dawa simply because of some few chaps??
    • Its sad jamaa kauawa, but do you remember those sick images of people slaughtered by Mungiki?
    Each country has her own problems ndani ya EA na hayawezi kufanana... nalinganisha hii na ile story ya jamaa kupiga mkewe au mama kumroga mmewe kisha tukahukumu wanawake wooote au wanaume woote duniani

    All in all, ameuawa kwa sababu someone wanted him eliminated basi!!!
     
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    Mungiki

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    Mungiki is a politico-religious group and a banned criminal organization[1] in Kenya. The name means "A united people" or "multitude" in the Kikuyu language.[2] The religion, which apparently originated in the late 1980s, is secretive and bears some similarity to mystery religions. Specifics of their origin and doctrines are unclear. What is clear is that they favor a return to indigenous African traditions and practices such as forced female genital cutting. They reject Westernisation and all things that they believe to be trappings of colonialism, including Christianity. The ideology of the group is characterised by revolutionary rhetoric, Kikuyu traditions, and a disdain for Kenyan modernization, which is seen as immoral corruption.[3] Mungiki is often referred to as Kenya’s Cosa Nostra, Yakuza, or Kenyan Mafia due to its organization.[citation needed]
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    [edit] History

    According to one of Mungiki's founders, the group began in the late 1980s as a local militia in the highlands to protect Kikuyu farmers in disputes over land with Masai and with forces loyal to the government, which was dominated by the Kalenjin tribe at the time. Mungiki arguably has its roots in discontent arising from severe unemployment and landlessness arising from Kenya's rapid population growth, with many disaffected unemployed youth attracted to an organisation giving them a sense of purpose and cultural and political identity, as well as income.
    The founders supposedly modelled Mungiki on the Mau Mau fighters who fought British colonial rule. During the 1990s, the group had migrated into Nairobi with the acceptance of the government under Daniel arap Moi and began to dominate the matatu (private minibus taxi) industry. With the move to Nairobi came the development of a cell structure within the group. Each cell contains 50 members and each cell is then divided into 5 platoons. Using the matatus as a springboard, the group moved into other areas of commerce, such as garbage collection, construction, and even protection racketeering. Inevitably, the group's actions led to involvement with politicians eager for more support. In 2002, Mungiki backed losing candidates in elections and felt the wrath of the government. The group's activities became less visible although it still received revenue from protection taxes, electricity taxes and water taxes.[4] They have been newsworthy for associations with ethnic violence and anti-government resistance.
    [edit] Extortion and ethnic violence

    Mungiki operates most extensively in Mathare, Nairobi's second largest slum, where poverty and crime are pronounced. A recent Inter Press Service article vividly describes Mungiki operations in that slum as essentially constituting a "street gang" or a criminal network that contributes to, and feeds off of, an environment plagued by a state of perpetual security crisis. Every resident of the slum pays a variable sum of money to the organization, in exchange for protection against theft and property damage. In addition, the gang "mans" public toilets, and charges a fee for use of the facilities. Such acts of extortion, along with the general lack of effective local law enforcement, have generally enraged residents of Mathare.
    More than 50 people died in 2002 in clashes involving the sect and owners of matatus in Nairobi alone. In 2002 the sect was banned and in February 2003, the sect was in the news following two days of clashes with Nairobi police which left at least two officers dead and 74 sect members in police custody. In June 2007, the Mungiki embarked upon a murderous campaign to instil fear by beheading matatu drivers, conductors, and mungiki defectors, drawing an armed response from Kenyan security forces, who stormed the Mathare area. Some 100 people died in the operation.
    Mungiki has also been linked to the murder of a family in the USA in which Mrs Jane Kurua, 47 and her two daughters were killed; the case is still under investigation by the FBI.[1] On 12 July 2007 Kenyan authorities reported that Mungiki decapitated and mutilated the body of a two year old boy, possibly as part of a ritual.[5]
    It is alleged that Mungiki members participated in targeted violence against ethnic Luos around the time of the disputed December 2007 presidential elections.[6]
    [edit] Police Response

    In November 2007, a human-rights group called the Oscar Foundation Free Legal Aid Clinic-Kenya reported that in the five years up to August 2007, Kenyan police had killed over 8,000 people in crackdowns against the Mungiki sect, with further 4,000 people still missing. These allegations were based on interviews, autopsies, and police reports, and were widely circulated both in Kenya [7] and through an appeal to the International Criminal Court [8]. Meanwhile, the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights linked the police to the execution of 500 Mungiki over the previous five months. The police described these reports as fictitious.[9] On 5 March 2009, Oscar Foundation Director Oscar Kamau Kingara and Programme Coordinator John Paul Oulo were shot and killed while en route to a meeting at the offices of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights in Nairobi [10] [11] [12]. Earlier that day, a government spokesman, Alfred Mutua, had publicly accused their organisation of being a fundraising front for Mungiki [13].
    Mungiki chairman Maina Njenga was acquitted on October 27, 2009 as murder charges on him were withdrawn for lack of evidence [14]. About a week later Mungiki spokesman David Gitau Njuguna was shot dead in Nairobi by unknown assailants [15].
    [edit] Factional Fighting

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    This section does not cite any references or sources. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (March 2009)[​IMG]
    This section may require copy-editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone or spelling. You can assist by editing it now. (March 2009)In 2007 Mungiki was rumored to have fractured into two groups. Dramatic murders of top Mungiki leaders continued, in spite of peace gestures by Prime Minister Raila Odinga, as police denied involvement in the assassinations. The Chairman and Treasurer of the Kenya National Youth Alliance (Maina Njenga faction) were gunned down at Uplands after a car chase on the Nairobi – Naivasha highway. The Kenya National Youth Alliance (KNYA) is Mungiki’s political wing. Charles Ndung’u Wagacha and Naftali Irungu were said to be on their way to the Naivasha Prison, where Mungiki leader Maina Njenga is serving a jail term. Relatives of the two KNYA officials immediately blamed police for the killings. However, police spokesman Eric Kiraithe denied the claims. Police say that the recent mysterious deaths of Mungiki leaders are a result of infighting between various Mungiki factions over control of funds and differing political positions. The Mungiki leadership, however, denied reports of a split within their ranks. According to relatives, Wagacha and Irungu were driving to Naivasha Prison to consult with Maina Njenga over possible talks with the government, proposed by Prime Minister Odinga. The relatives said that elements in the government are using the police to ensure negotiations fail, hence the killings. At least 500 bodies of suspected Mungiki members have since discovered in thickets outside Nairobi in the past year.
    [edit] Department of Defense and National Intelligence Service involvement

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    This article may need to be wikified to meet Wikipedia's quality standards. Please help by adding relevant internal links, or by improving the article's layout. (April 2009)In early 2003, soon after Mwai Kibaki came into power, the government gave the military top brass three days to explain why 10 of their Land Rovers were given to the outlawed Mungiki sect. In the lead up to the General Election, then Chief of General Staff General Joseph Kibwana was asked to investigate the scandal in person and present his findings to the Office of the President. The report was to detail the value of the vehicles, who got them and why they were disposed of. Military sources at the time said that the orders were issued by National Security minister Chris Murungaru when he met General Kibwana and other top generals at the Department of Defence headquarters in Nairobi. The issue of Land Rovers cropped up when the minister made his first familiarisation tour of the DoD, a month after Narc came to power.[citation needed]
    Dr Murungaru, who as security minister was responsible for the military, reportedly expressed shock that a cartel of high-ranking officers could have been involved in subversive activities by diverting the Land Rovers to Mungiki, as detailed in an exclusive report on the scandal reported in the Daily Nation. Senior DoD officials involved in the cartel were said to have held secret talks shortly before Dr. Murungaru arrived to plan their next course of action. The report and its findings have never been made public.
    The Department of Defence has since been converted into the Ministry of Defense with hon Yusuf Haji at the helm.[citation needed]
    [edit] The Waki Report

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    This section may require copy-editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone or spelling. You can assist by editing it now. (March 2009)The commission set up to investigate the 2008 post-election violence reported that Mungiki where members were suspected of perpetrating the violence. The Waki Report states that a meeting was held in Statehouse to coordinate the revenge on Luos and Kalenjins.
    The report also recommends that people cited, including ministers, MPs and prominent businessmen should face a local judiciary or the International Criminal Court(ICC).[citation needed]
    [edit] Exile

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    This section may require copy-editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone or spelling. You can assist by editing it now. (March 2009)Many former Mungiki members are believed to have fled the country seeking asylum as the sect does not allow defection. There were also many cases of forced initiation which went up significantly after the 2007 presidential elections.[who?][citation needed]
    [edit] Miscellany

    • There have been unconfirmed allegations that Mungiki has links to both the old KANU government and some MPs in the current government. In fact, because of the cult's extreme secrecy, little is known about its membership or hierarchy.[16]
    • All initiates have to swear a standard oath ending with the words "May I die if I desert or reveal our secrets."[17]
    • Many members state that at the height of its influence, the group could claim as many as 500,000 members and received substantial sums of money. Many Kenyans debate whether the group's influence in Nairobi is waning or is on the rise.[18]
    [edit] See also

    [edit] References

    1. ^ a b BBC NEWS | Africa | Kenyan sect 'beheads' policeman
    2. ^ BBC News, "Deadly shoot-out with Kenyan sect", 5 June 2007
    3. ^ Washington Post, "Brutal Kenyan Sect Aims to Provoke Strife", 2 July 2007, page A15
    4. ^ The New York Times, "Might Drink Your Blood, but Otherwise Not Bad Guys", 20 June 2007
    5. ^ News.com.au, "Two-year-old boy beheaded for African ritual", 12 July 2007
    6. ^ Wall Street Journal "Kenyan Gang Revives Amid Political Disarray", 2008 May 1, page A12
    7. ^ wikileaks.org, "Oscar Foundation letter to Minister for Internal Security over extra-judicial killings in Kenya", 14 Oct 2008'
    8. ^ wikileaks.org, "Kenyan assassinations: slain human rights lawyer Oscar Kamau Kingara letter to the International Criminal Court", 1 Jan 2009
    9. ^ BBC, "Kenyan police 'killed thousands'", 2007 Nov. 25
    10. ^ Frontline Defenders, "Kenya: Murder of human rights defenders, Mr Oscar Kamau Kingara and Mr John Paul Oulu “GPO”", 6 March 2009
    11. ^ The Times, "Rights activist Oscar Kamau Kingara shot dead in central Nairobi", 7 March 2009
    12. ^ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/7928519.stm BBC, " Rule of law reels in Kenya", 6 March 2009]
    13. ^ The Guardian, "Murder of activists widens rift in Kenya", 7 March 2009
    14. ^ BBC News, October 27, 2009: Mungiki sect head freed in Kenya
    15. ^ The Standard, November 6, 2009: Mungiki spokesman shot dead
    16. ^ Nation Media
    17. ^ The First Post, "Meet the Mungiki, Kenya’s Cosa Nostra"
    18. ^ Washington Post, 2 July 2007, page A15
     
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    Thank you!!! you said it... Mungiki is insidious
     
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    Nice show of guts............................but you will be disappointed.
     
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