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Mungiki stages a comeback in Nakuru

02 August 2013, 16:04 News24

Nakuru -  The former Mungiki sect leader Maina Njenga may have long been born again but the outlawed group Mungiki is still alive and kicking in Nakuru town.  

Mungiki, a group which was banned by the government on the grounds that it was terror-based has once again re-emerged in Nakuru  and is now apparently running all business activities in the town.

Unlike before when members of the terror group were disorganised, they are now tidier and this has made them run their affairs in the town without fear.

The sect has continued to grow in the town with the local authorities rebuffing their existence in Nakuru.   

Mungiki runs 90 per cent of businesses in Nakuru

According to one former Mungiki member who sought anonymity for fear of his life, the sect members run 90 per cent of businesses in Nakuru town.

“They are all over and that’s why they are able to intimidate the wanachi and collect money daily without fearing the law,” disclosed the ex-Mungiki member.

Local police cannot dare to arrest Mungiki

He added that the outlawed group is so powerful in Nakuru that the local police cannot even dare to arrest any of the members.

Unlike in the previous years where police intensified the fight against the sect members, the movement today runs the town with some alleging that the police support the group.    

The reliable source further disclosed that the sect  is also normally used to intimidate and instill fear in anyone who questions their authority in the town.

“The police also fear these people and that’s why the sect is able to operate in a bold manner. That’s also the reason the public can't question them,” revealed the source.

Currently, the Mungiki sect members collect KES 100 daily from traders and vendors across all the streets of Nakuru.

The source added that if anyone wants to set up a business in the town, they have to go through the sect officials to be allocated space.

“There is a daily fee collected from traders in the town because group members are the ones who are in charge of allocating space,” said the source.

In the Matatu industry, the Mungiki sect members collect KES 50 from matatus operating in the town.

The source further disclosed that some of the stage terminals that the sect is running include Langa Langa, Shabaab, Free Area, Mawanga, Mile Sita, Bahati, Subukia and Nairobi - Nakuru Road.

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