Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua on Wednesday ordered all national administration officers in Mt Kenya to deal firmly with illegal groups and re-emerging criminal sects threatening peace in the region.
He spoke during a burial in Mathira Nyeri County, vowing to ensure all citizens are protected from the sects.
“This is a country of rule of law. We will not allow criminal gangs to click back and destabilise this region. I have issued the County Commanders with clear instructions to protect people’s businesses and ensure that no business is de-stabilised by those criminals,” he remarked.
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua Consumers International Global Congress in Nairobi on December 6, 2023
Gachagua’s remarks came after claims of the resurgence of the Mungiki sect by Mt Kenya leaders. The MPs had urged the Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki to rein in on the group and tame it permanently.
Meanwhile, the Second in Command emphasised that the government would not allow one group to terrorise businesses and scare the residents. He urged the locals to be brave and let the police handle the matter.
He further castigated political leaders who are associated with the illegal gangs aiding and financing them to commit atrocities.
Gachagua warned such leaders adding that the behavior shall not be tolerated under the Kenya Kwanza government.
On November 22, Naivasha MP Jayne Kihara lamented that the resurgence of the illegal sect formerly led by Maina Njenga would wreak havoc on the community as the wounds of the group’s era were still fresh.
“As mothers, we remember the terror, atrocities, and chilling experiences that Mungiki unleashed within Central Kenya. No political agenda is worth the kind of pain Mungiki will bring to our people,” the MPs remarked in a joint statement.
However, during a past interview, Maina Njenga refuted claims that the group was resurfacing and maintained the sect was not in operation anymore.
He further emphasised that he was leading peaceful forums as a member of the clergy. Njenga also dismissed allegations of violence carried out by the group in the early 2000s.
Former Mungiki leader Maina Njenga addressing a gathering.