Police denies Mungiki resurgence
28 February 2013, 14:34
Nyeri police boss on Thursday denied claims that there is a resurgence of the outlawed criminal gang - Mungiki in his jurisdiction area.
Kirunya Limbitu said that the reports on Mungiki resurfacing have no grounds and his officers are in the field getting rid of any group plotting to destruct public peace.
Limbitu was commenting over Monday protests by locals at Giakanja area fringes of Nyeri town who protested over acute insecurity in the trading centre.
They claimed and complained of harassment and extortion by members alleged to be of the Mungiki sect which has a history of resurfacing during elections.
The protesters majority of whom are businessmen, were claiming that high rate of insecurity and spate of murder and robbery in the area is making them live in fear and unable to carry out their daily economic activities.
Reportedly, businessmen were charged monthly fee while the taxi operators were demanded half of their daily earnings purporting to be for their security.
They blamed police laxity over bringing the sect members to book saying they have reported the matter them but no step has been taken so far and the extorters are known people.
The OCPD however, said the residents were protesting over an assault case in which one of the locals was assaulted by thugs on Monday evening.
He said two of the assailants were arrested but one of them managed to escape and his officers are on a man hunt.
He further said the accomplice is threatening locals who would reveal his whereabouts and was one of the reasons why protest ensued but security has been beefed up in the area.
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