14 November 2012

Kenya: Njenga Accusers Seek to Withdraw Robbery Case

The complainants in the robbery with violence case against former Mungiki sect leader Maina Njenga have asked the Director of Public Prosecution to drop the charges.

In the letter dated September 17, the officers -- Damas Mutuku Muthoka, Gregery Nzioka Mutisya Edwin Koech and Moses Mwangi-- all from Kasarani police station say they want to withdraw complaints against Njenga and his four accused.

"After deep reflection and in order to promote peace and reconciliation, we have individually and collectively decided to withdraw all the complaints in respect of all charges in this case," reads the letter to DPP Keriako Tobiko.

Njenga and his co-accused are facing five counts of robbery with violence, two counts of malicious damage to property and one count of illegal confinement of police officers and two other people.

"We confirm that we are doing this of our own volition and without pressure, threats or inducement from anyone," the letter further reads.

Njenga, his personal assistant Francis Mwangi, Daniel Wanjohi, Ngare Njogu, and Stephen Kuria Mwangi were charged in April, but their trial is yet to begin.

They are accused of trial robbing the officers of guns, bullets, cash and personal effects inside his church. The charges carry a death penalty.

The accused are said to have committed the offences on April 22 at Hope International Ministries at Thome Estate in Kasarani, Nairobi.

The officers were responding to a distress call from the church, that a man with a gun had entered the compound. It is alleged that the accused, who were armed with knives and stones, attacked and robbed Joseph Thuo of Sh100,000 and other personal documents. Thuo was injured during incident.

They are also accused of violently robbing the police officers of their pistols, personal effects, walkie-talkies and cash. Njenga and his co-accused are said to have damaged a GK motor worth Sh2 million and another vehicle belonging to Thuo- a Land Rover discovery valued at Sh5.2 million. When the matter came up yesterday, the court was told that the state lawyer handling the matter was absent.

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