Maina Njenga Responds to Gachagua’s Crackdown on Mungiki, Other Illegal Groups

Former Mungiki leader Maina Njenga on Sunday dismissed Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua’s claims alleging the resurgence of the dreaded sect describing the assertion as inaccurate.

Speaking during an interview, Njenga stated that the crackdown ordered by Gachagua is unnecessary since the group is no longer in existence.

 Njenga categorically refuted the claim that the sect has been wreaking havoc in different parts of the country in the recent past as claimed by the country’s second in command.

“I want to tell the people of Kenya, this is propaganda being conducted by some of these leaders,” he stated.

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua speaking during the 17th Annual Planners Convention, Diani, Kwale County on November 28, 2023.


“I want people to stop listening to propaganda, there is no word or group like Mungiki. These are things of the past, now we want to know how Kenyans will live,” he added.

Njenga further explained as the government was complaining about the alleged young men in illegal groups, the opposition was fighting to bring down the cost of living.

During the same interview, Njenga also differed with opposition leader Raila Odinga who criticised President William Ruto for exporting the youth to foreign countries for work.

The political operative explained that he supports exporting talent since such opportunities are not available in the country.

“I have no problem with this, let the Kenyans go work and send money back home. Let everyone look for work where possible,” he added.

Maina Njenga’s comments were in response to a directive issued by Gachagua on Wednesday ordering a crackdown on all illegal groups in the country.

The Deputy President while issuing the order warned that the government will pull out all stops to ensure that lives and property are protected.

“This is a country of rule of law. We shall not allow criminal gangs to form and destabilise this region,” he stated.

The Second in Command also issued a stern warning to leaders financing such groups emphasising that the government would stamp them out.

President William Ruto speaking during the YouthConnekt Africa Summit 2023 in Nairobi on December 9, 2023.


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