Maina Njenga taken to Police custody

Several criminal accusations, including membership in an affiliated criminal gang, are expected to be brought against former Mungiki leader Maina Njenga.

Njenga, who was interrogated by DCI officers in Nairobi on Thursday, is charged with speaking at a gathering on May 11, 2023, in the Wanyororo region of Nakuru County to "encourage support" for the illegal criminal organisation Mungiki.

Njenga is also accused of participating in criminal activity. He is charged with extending invitations to attendees of the meeting in the Wanyororo neighbourhood, where he is believed to have given Mungiki-related orders.

Additionally, he is charged with possessing items from government businesses, including "a military backpack strap, property of the National Police Service, that is considered to have gone missing or fraudulently acquired."

After making a statement at DCI Nakuru, the former senatorial candidate was called to make himself available at the DCI headquarters in Nairobi for interrogation.

Njenga was freed on no-fee bail on Friday after spending the majority of Thursday in the care of DCI investigators. His trial is scheduled for Monday.

He will face 12 charges of participating in criminal activity, unauthorised ownership of a firearm, access to bhang, and ownership of documents that might be helpful to someone planning a severe crime, along with 11 of his followers.

In the early hours of Thursday, police were compelled to fire tear gas canisters at hundreds of protesters who had gathered outside the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) office in Nairobi to voice their backing for Maina Njenga, a former Mungiki leader.


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