Nyeri County Commissioner Pius Murugu on Tuesday issued a warning to former Mungiki leader Maina Njenga on the planned meeting on December 31 in Nyeri County.
Speaking during the Jamhuri Day celebrations held at the Dedan Kimathi Kamukunji grounds, the commissioner emphasised that he would not allow the meeting to go on.
“I hear that some people want to hold a meeting here that may result in chaos, we shall not allow this to happen,” he stated.
Nyeri County Commissioner Pius Murugu during the Jamhuri Day celebration in Nyeri on December 12, 2023
He directed the local chiefs to be vigilant and report any suspicious activities as the region fights against illegal groups especially Mungiki that has been labeled a threat to the citizens.
Additionally, he cautioned the citizens against joining the illegal sect owing to the chaos it caused in the early 2000s. He reiterated that everyone found guilty of breaking the law shall face the law.
The commissioner remarked that allowing the group to resurface would result in chaos in the county and the region. He urged officers to prevent the resurgence.
Meanwhile, in the meeting scheduled to be held at Kabiru-Ini showgrounds former President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to attend.
Njenga announced that the meeting would include Mt Kenya leaders and extended an invite to Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua. He explained that the agenda of the meeting was to unite the region and give thanks for the progress.
“I have been talking to the council of elders, the Kiama, and all other leaders and we will write to governors, senators, MPs, and MCAs from all the Mt Kenya regions,” he stated.
The former group leader explained that Nyeri was ideal as it was the centre of the mountain and home to many of the freedom fighters. Njenga has constantly denied being associated with Mungiki arguing that the group was disbanded a long time ago.
Notably, Muguru’s remarks come after DP Gachagua ordered a crackdown on all illegal sects in the region after claims of the Mungiki resurgence. Gachagua directed all county officials to flush out the illegal groups.
The Second in Command emphasised that the government would deal with the group assuring Kenyans of their safety.
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua at his office on December 7, 2023