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Threats from 'mungiki veterans' a worrying gesture

21 February 2013, 17:22 Cheruo Levi Cheptora

Mungiki Sect has a long, turbulent and ‘fascinating’ history.

It has time and again brushed shoulders with successive government regimes, along the way making and losing ‘allies’ as well.

That they are now ‘threatening’ the top most judicial officer, is indeed a very worrying gesture that must never be treated kindly.

Not only has Mungiki Sect been severally banned by the Moi and Kibaki’s regime but also severely thrashed and mercilessly ‘rooted out’ via what human rights organizations labelled: ‘extra-judicial killings’.

This is an illegal terror organization that has for years been blamed for bizarre butchering of human beings (especially around Kiambu, Kikuyu & Kiambaa), extortion of money from matatu operators, illegal ‘tax collection’ among other evils.

The most disturbing thing is their ‘impromptu’ appearance when elections are looming in our nation.

Human Rights Groups and dozens of commissions mandated to look into 2007-2008 PEV did blame Mungiki in their reports for allegedly abusing human rights in some parts of Rift Valley and Nairobi Provinces.

The government must take a stern action and never waiver in its ambitious program of doing away with illegal sects and groups in our country, especially now that general elections are just around the corner.

For Chief Justice to come out in public and mince not his words by alleging the threats were specifically emanating from ‘Mungiki Veterans’, such a gesture by the said veterans must be henceforth dealt with the seriousness in deserves lest it further leads into re-emergence of other sects and illegal gangs.

Lest we forget, our judiciary, especially under the current hawk-eyed watch from the threatened Willy Mutunga, is in the verge of restoring the dashed hopes Kenyans have been forced to nurse for years on end.

It is no longer business as usual in our judicial corridors and the chances of one embracing genuine justice has since increased!

Judiciary is indeed one of the most crucial organs of the government and its role is not only pivotal in case of an election dispute, but also indispensable in a growing democracy like ours.

Kenyans of goodwill must denounce such unhealthy gestures and ensure that every government organ (more so the judiciary) performs its functions expeditiously, independently, professionally and without the need of being coerced, intimidated or rather manipulated.

Surely we have come of age and the least these ‘Mungiki Veterans’ should have done is to applaud the noble tasks the CJ and his colleagues have been undertaking without any fear and favour.

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