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Once Again Mungiki Unleash mayhem in Kenya!

Discussion in 'Kenyan News and Politics' started by Ab-Titchaz, Mar 6, 2009.

  1. Ab-Titchaz

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    NGO bosses shot dead amid Mungiki sect mayhem


    Riot police clear a bonfire along Mai Mahiu—Naivasha road lit by the outlawed Mungiki sect on Thursday

    Updated 6 hr(s) 50 min(s) ago

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    Two NGO officials were shot dead Thursday night hours after Government Spokesman Alfred Mutua accused their organisation of fundraising for Mungiki abroad in a day that was characterised by chaos by the sect members in various towns.

    Oscar Foundation Executive Director Kamau King’ara and Programmes Co-ordinator Paul Oulu were killed at about 7.30pm as they drove on State House Road in Nairobi.

    Earlier in the day, two people were lynched, public transport paralysed and business disrupted in parts of Nairobi, Central and Rift Valley during protests by Mungiki sect members.

    In Thika, where two people were lynched, local OCPD Patrick Mwakio said the victims, who were demanding Sh200 from matatu operators and other businesses were burnt.

    The two are suspected to be members of the outlawed sect.

    Police said close to 20 people suspected to be followers of the sect were arrested in a major operation that was launched to counter the protests.

    King’ara and Oulu met UN Special Rapporteur on Extra-Judicial Killings Philip Alston last month and accused the security forces of rape, murder and torture in the fight against the militia in Mount Elgon District and central Kenya.

    The bullets fired at their car, a Mercedes Benz, cut short King’ara and Oulu’s lives. Witnesses said King’ara was shot four times on the head and Oulu three times.

    A night guard on his way to work was shot and injured but was treated and discharged. University of Nairobi students who rushed to the scene were repulsed by the assassins who shot in the air.

    Sped off

    They then jumped into their car and sped off towards the city centre.

    At his weekly briefing earlier yesterday, Dr Mutua claimed that Oscar Foundation was behind the illegal demonstration.

    "The illegal demo is planned by Mungiki, NGOs and The Oscar Foundation. The Government assures wananchi that security measures have been put in place to ensure they are not harassed," read the statement.

    Police said close to 20 people suspected to be followers of the sect were arrested in a major operation that was launched to counter the protests.

    The sect, emboldened by the recent report by Alston that indicted the police, had called out its members to protest the disappearance and killing of their own.

    Public transport was paralysed in major towns including Nyeri, Nyahururu, Molo, Kirinyaga, Karatina, Othaya, Muranga and Embu, Nairobi, Nakuru, Naivasha, Limuru, Kikuyu and Thika as matatu crews withdrew from the routes fearing attacks.

    Business was also disrupted in Kayole, Ruiru, Dagoretti and Kawangware in the city. In some areas, the protestors lit bonfires and blocked roads with stones for hours as they engaged police in running battles. Police only fired teargas canisters at the protesters to disperse them.

    Along the busy Nairobi-Naivasha highway the sect followers hijacked five lorries and used them to block the busy road near Kikuyu area before escaping with the keys.

    Trouble broke out when police arrived and fired in the air to disperse the rowdy youth. The officers were forced to divert vehicles and use one of the lanes to ease a jam.

    The sect followers also blocked the busy Namanga-Nairobi road for hours as they lit bonfires in Kitengela, forcing public transport operators to withdraw as it happened in major estates in Nairobi.

    Naivasha town was a no-go zone after Mungiki youths blocked roads and engaged police in running battles for the better part of the day. Most businesses in the town remained shut.

    Energy Assistant Minister Charles Keter was among those caught up in the chaos that paralyzed business and transport in and around Naivasha town. Keter’s bodyguard was forced to fire in the air to scatter the more than 30 youths who had lit bon-fires at Kuwait trading centre.

    Stop activities

    The angry Belgut MP, who was heading to Olkaria for an official function, challenged the police to stop the youths from engaging in criminal activities.

    Hundreds of commuters were stranded at the main Naivasha-Nakuru bus terminus and the Kinangop-Nairobi terminus for lack of transport. Women in Naivasha town wore skirts for fear of being undressed by Mungiki.

    "I don’t want to take chances as Mungiki members don’t like trousers. I have thus worn a skirt," said a woman who declined to be named.

    The sect followers said their protest was in support of the UN report on extra judicial killings that indicted the commissioner of police and Attorney General.

    Relatives organised protests

    King’ara had earlier in the day said the protests were organised for the relatives of those who had been killed by police in the last two years.

    As the protests got underway, reports indicated that the sect leader Maina Njenga — who is serving a seven-year jail term — was moved from Kamiti Prison to a different prison.

    A parliamentary committee investigating outlawed associations condemned the protests. The chairman, Mr Jeremiah Kioni, who is also Ndaragwa MP, condemned the sect.

    The Standard | Online Edition :: NGO bosses shot dead amid Mungiki sect mayhem
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    Police officers chase after Mungiki members in Dagoretti, Nairobi on Thursday.


    Armed administration police in anti-riot gear patrol at the Nairobi-Limuru highway following protests by the outlawed Mungiki sect. Members of the sect blocked the highway and forced truck drivers to block road


    Suspected members of the outlawd Mungiki sect were on Thursday arrested by police at Nairobi's Kitengela police post for blocking the Nairobi - Namanga road


    Administration Police officers put out a bonfire that was said to have been lit by the Mungiki in Dagoretti, Nairobi on Thursday.


    An Administration Police officer walks past a bonfire that was said to have been lit by the Mungiki in Nairobi's Dagoretti on Thursday. Members of the sect had threatened to hold demonstrations within the city in support of the report by United Nations Rapporteur on extra judicial killings
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    Police patrol Nairobi's Lunga lunga road on Thursday after a protest planned by the outlawed Mungiki sect paralysed transport in major parts of the country. Matatu operators kept their vehicles away from the road in fear of the group's demonstrations.
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    Haya ndio mambo ya mgawanyo mbaya wa keki ya taifa. Matokeo yake ni watu kukata tamaa ya maisha na kuanza movement za ajabuajabu.

    Inasikitisha kwa kweli, lakini Tz inabidi tujifunze kwa hali inavyoendelea hivi sasa, tunaweza jikuta pahala pabaya kuliko hawa majirani zetu.
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    What make you think that this is due to the unequal sharing of the National Cake? If it were, based on their composition they should be the last ones to complain about that.
    My take is that in a society not every one is equal we have the rich(moneyed) who have gotten their wealth either by stealing or by sheer handwork.and we have the poor(The Holoi Poloi) why are they poor? again due failure to work hard and expect everything to fall from heaven like manna or maybe factors that are beyond there control conspire to ensure they remain poor.
    Based on the above statement Mungiki is not a product of unequal distribution of resources they are thugs pure and simple who have identified a simple way of raking easy money without breaking a sweat,Just like the Organized gangs in the developed world they thrive by incorporating extortions,Blackmails and charging illegal levies.
    I would refer to them as the Kenyan Version of the Italian Mafia,The Cosa Nostra's and The Japanese Yakuza,difference being they may not have entirely developed in sophistication of running their affairs.
    How are they to be eradicated they cant be totally obliterated but can be contained to a point,Which measures taken are at times harsh and ruthless and may at times appear to be against the so called human rights new and tougher registrations need to be instituted to get the ring leaders and put them behind bars.
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    Hivi hapo juu, huyo Odinga ameongea kama nani, na anamkosoa nani hasa? Anaongea kama Waziri Mkuu, mmoja wa wasemaji wa serikali, au mpinzani, au ameongea kwa niaba ya jimbo lake na kijiji chake? Na anawasoa wananchi au anaikosoa serikali yake ?

    Unawezaje kuikosoa serikali wakati umekalia, umekubali ku enjoy, kiti cha uwaziri mkuu? Kiko wapi hicho kitu duniani zaidi ya Kenya na banana republic nyingine kama Zimbambwe?
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    Yani msemaji wa Serikali anazungumza, masaa machache jamaa wanauawa, ili uchunguzi kuwa huru lazima angekaa kando ili naye (Mutua) achunguzwe. Wakenya wanaelekea wapi?, si muda mrefu Prof. Alston ametoa ripoti akiwanyooshea kidole miongoni mwao Amos Wako na Mohammed Hussein Ali. Mkuu wa Jeshi la Polisi Kenya, Meja Jenerali Hussein Ali anafaa ajiuzulu, polisi wake tena wameua mwanafunzi alipokuwa anapinga mauaji ya King'ara na mwenzake.

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    By Adam Mynott
    BBC World Affairs correspondent

    Killings do not come more cold-blooded and calculated.

    Oscar Kamau Kingara and John Paul Oulu were shot at close range while their car was standing in traffic during Nairobi's rush hour last night.

    The men were killed in State House Road just yards from the heavily guarded residence of Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki. Two men riddled the vehicle with automatic gunfire and then walked away.

    The two men were shot outside the University of Nairobi

    Hours earlier, during his weekly media briefing, Dr Alfred Mutua, the Kenyan government spokesman, accused the human rights organisation headed by Mr Kingara of being a front and a fund-raising body for a banned criminal sect called the Mungiki.

    The Oscar Foundation, named after its now-dead founder, has been at the forefront of protests about alleged extra-judicial killings by police.

    Kenya's security forces have spent the past two years trying to crack down very heavily on Mungiki followers after the sect carried out a series of brutal killings.

    Earlier in the day there had been a big protest in Nairobi about police behaviour and claims that hundreds of young Kenyans had been killed by police and other security forces.

    Mr Kingara had given the UN evidence of alleged police abuses.

    The protest followed the publication earlier in the week of a UN report by Professor Philip Alston into police operations in Kenya. It was, by UN standards, highly critical, accusing the police of being a law unto themselves and of killing with impunity.

    Professor Alston called for the sacking of Kenya's police chief, Hussein Ali, and the resignation of the Attorney-General, Amos Wako.

    No surprise registered when the Kenyan government rejected the report (which they had commissioned) and accused Professor Alston of exceeding his brief, which was to draw up an independent assessment of alleged illegal killings by police.

    Nairobi has seen lethal clashes between police and Mungiki mobs

    Murderous reputation

    The Mungiki is a murderous organisation that traces its origins to the Mau Mau rebellion against British colonial rule in the 1950s and '60s.

    It gained prominence in the 1980s when it coalesced around attempts to protect land belonging to Kikuyu farmers in the Kenyan highlands north of Nairobi.

    It has since spread its tentacles into many other areas of Kenyan life and it turned criminal.

    It has raised a lot of money by extorting money from Kenya's ubiquitous matatu buses.

    Virtually every matatu operating in Central Province in Kenya has had to pay a "levy" of a few hundred Kenyan shillings (less than $10) a day to operate.

    Mungiki has also recruited among the country's large population of disaffected Kikuyu youth. It has been used by some Kenyan politicians to intimidate the electorate and frighten off political opposition.

    Mungiki mobs surfaced during Kenya's troubled election in December 2007. More than 1,500 people were killed in an orgy of violence which followed the disputed result.

    Warring groups divided down ethnic lines, and while I was covering the violence I saw gangs wearing tell-tale Mungiki emblems (red scarves and bits of scarlet cloth tied around forearms) on the rampage.

    Police behaviour, Mungiki violence and now the murder of two human rights activists call into question the rule of law in Kenya. Kenyan society is trying to heal itself after the inter-tribal violence.

    It has a coalition government intended to draw together both political and ethnic differences. But the new joint administration is riven by divisions and gives the appearance of being deeply corrupt.

    The murder, rape and rioting which threatened to plunge Kenya into civil war a year ago have ended, but Kenya still faces a crisis of huge proportions.
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    Wala hujakosea na mtazamo wako lakini ukweli ni kwamba
    non of those names mentioned watasogea kando for the
    investigations to continue.They are guilty of absconding their
    responsibilities, if not being guilty of the crimes per se.
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    Hii kitu as complicated as it looks ni muhimu kuelewa kwamba Kibaki na
    jamaa zake kadhaa wanajua what is going on na who is behind the orders
    to carry out what is being referrred to in Kenya as 'extra-judicial killings'.

    Raila hana say yoyote kama vile katika maswala ya ufisadi kama ule uuzaji
    wa ile hoteli ya Grand Regency, skendo ya mafuta na njaa iliosababishwa na
    kuzwa kwa mahindi ya reserve.Afisi aliopewa is just that, an office.

    Kenya started sliding into a failed state the day Kibaki decided to surround
    himself na jamaa za kabila lake instead of having a bigger vision for the country.
    Na lipoiba zile kura za '07 ikawa nd'o basi tena.Kisha pia usimsahau yule mke
    wake ambaye kwa kiwango kikubwa anachangia mawazo ya Kibaki katika kuendesha

    Soma hii makala...

    Raila on the warpath


    Prime Minister Raila Odinga on Saturday tore into the country's security agencies over extrajudicial killings and said acts of impunity must be brought to an end and the rule of law restored.

    Mr Odinga spoke a day after the US Embassy in Nairobi offered help in investigating the latest killings – those of Oscar Foundation director Oscar King'ara and official Paul Oulu.

    And the matter threatened to throw the struggling grand coalition government into a fresh crisis over the strong positions taken by cabinet ministers.

    The Prime Minister, one of the two principals in the coalition, has twice this week lashed out at the same government he serves and half of whose Cabinet members belong to his ODM party.

    Mr Odinga appears to be growing frustrated with the government he helped form a year ago and this week asked for a renegotiation of the deal that brought his ODM and President Kibaki's Party of National Unity together.

    On Friday, he fired a salvo at government spokesperson Alfred Mutua saying that he did not speak for the grand coalition government.

    Mr Mutua issued a statement on Wednesday alerting the public that the Oscar Foundation and members of the proscribed Mungiki sect were planning to paralyse transport the following day and warned that the law would take its course.

    The protests went ahead Thursday, but the day ended tragically with the execution-style killings of Mr King'ara and Mr Oulu.

    On Saturday Mr Odinga called for a halt to the "rule by the gun the security officers have displayed while purporting to discharge their duties in recent times. People should not be shot without following the due process of the law. We have had cases where the officers shoot dead innocent citizens before they plant a gun on the body of the deceased."

    He attributed the lawlessness to the collapse of the country's justice system and said the office of the Attorney-General was guilty of abetting the practice after officers implicate defenceless people with trumped up charges to justify their actions.

    On Saturday the police said they were questioning six people in connection with the killings Thursday evening near the junction of Mamlaka Road and State House Road

    Intense scrutiny

    Two weeks ago, the police and the AG came under intense scrutiny in a report prepared by UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings Philip Alston who accused the force of engaging in such killings, sparking outrage from the public.

    Speaking in his Gatundu South constituency, Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta called on security forces to ensure that the killers of the two human rights activists were apprehended immediately.

    "We need justice, and police should speed up investigations. People should also stop politicising the killing and instead seek the truth … you cannot politicise everything," Mr Kenyatta said.

    "We should stop persistent wrangles in the coalition and concentrate on solving problems that face Kenyans for development. We should stop shouting at each other every now and then. ODM should accept whatever the party has been given and serve Kenyans."

    The Sunday Nation learnt that the US government has offered the services of Nairobi-based detectives from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation to investigate Thursday's killings. A diplomatic note to the Foreign Affairs ministry says the American detectives are ready to "offer immediate assistance."

    "The FBI within the US Mission (Nairobi embassy) is standing by and is able to begin working immediately on the investigation," read part of the note dated March 6, 2009

    DAILY NATION*- Raila on the warpath
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