The Star (Nairobi)

22 June 2014

Kenya: Cops Close Down Maina Njenga's Church in Kitengela

POLICE in Kitengela Sunday morning stormed Hope International Church linked to former Mungiki sect leader Maina Njenga and closed it down over "security "threats".

More than 100 armed GSU, regular police and APs walked as others rode in Land Cruisers to the church found in Kitengela.

Isinya OCPD Stephen Weda directed Kitengela OCS Joel Chepkwony to close church and secures it for the next three days as the government seeks ways to reconcile Njenga and the locals, who have vowed to burn the church.

There was no resistance at the church when they ordered the presiding official to close it down.

Pastor Peter Maingi, who spoke to the police, told the church members who had already gathered to leave peacefully.

"I took their orders with the understanding that peace is paramount and every Kenyan must respect the rule of law," said Maingi later after closing down the church.

The closure of church comes only a day after GSU evicted more than 600 mourners from Njenga's palatial home in Nkurrunka, Kitengela.

The police said they stopped Grace Wairimu Nyambere's burial after it emerged that the local Maasai communities had raised issues over the arrangement. The Maasai from Kitengela opposed the burial on the premises.

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