Mungiki: Politicians trying to revamp sect in Nyeri put on notice 

By Mercy Imali

The government has issued a stern warning to politicians attempting to revamp the outlawed Mungiki sect in Nyeri County. County Commissioner (CC) Yatich Kipkemei said police have gathered intelligence that some politicians in the County have been using the outlawed group to cause terror and mayhem within the region.

“The intelligence system has informed us that youths are being paid by a politician to unleash terror and we will get hold of you regardless of how powerful you are. The government will not allow regrouping of Mungiki in the county”, Kipkemei asserted adding that those caught will only blame themselves.” Kipkemei warned.

The CC said the politician (s) had infiltrated the transport sector to lure operators and particularly the Boda boda riders.

“We don’t eat politics every day. There are many other pressing issues to address in the county and the country,” the CC said.

His sentiments were strongly supported by Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga. Kahiga said. “I support the national government fully as no politician is more important than Nyeri people.”

Mungiki sect is notorious for extorting money from businesses, household and PSVs.  Governor Kahiga said that politicians ought to tone down on politics and should instead work for the people.

Kipkemi advised Cooperative societies in the County to involve youths in their operations to ensure job creation and to manage their succession plans noting that most of them were led by an aging cadre.