Police on Saturday mounted security checkpoints along the Nyeri-Nakuru highway amid a planned meeting by the outlawed Mungiki gang at Kabiririni grounds in Nyeri.
The officers were seen stopping private vehicles plying the area to ascertain their destination.
Kenyans travelling through public service vehicles (PSVs) were also stopped at the numerous checkpoints on the busy highway.
Affected passengers took to social media platforms to air their frustrations over the checkpoints noting that they were being inconvenienced while travelling to their rural homes for December festivities.
DP Gachagua speaking at a Church in Karatina Nyeri County on December 24, 2023
Concerned Kenyans also wondered how the police officers would ascertain those who were heading to the now-banned meeting.
Some remarked that the police were using the meeting as an excuse to harass and extort innocent Kenyans.
Nyeri County Commissioner Pius Murugu had earlier warned that the sect would not hold their planned meeting labelling the group as a threat to the citizens.
“I hear that some people want to hold a meeting here that may result in chaos, we shall not allow this to happen.”
He ordered chiefs to be vigilant and on the lookout and report any illegal happening in their regions of jurisdiction.
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua had earlier in the month ordered a crackdown on the illegal sect who were keen to destabilize the country.
Addressing mourners in Mathira Nyeri, the DP strongly condemned the alleged resurgence of the illegal group and urged County commanders to protect the people and their businesses.
“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.”
Former Mungiki leader Maina Njenga had downplayed the allegation that there could be a resurgence of the group terming it as propaganda.
“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 purported.
Public Service Secretary Moses Kuria on Friday alleged that some leaders from Mt Kenya were using the resurgence of Mungiki claims to profile youth from the region.
Former Mungiki leader Maina Njenga addressing a gathering.