21 June 2014

Kenya: GSU Raid Maina Njenga's Kitengela Home,Eject Mourners

Maina Njenga's homestead in Nkurrunka was turned into a battle zone this morning after more than 100 officers from the elite General Service Unit beat up mourners and ejected them.

The more than 600 including farmhands were beaten up by the police and forced to flee. Njenga, who was also present, was given police escort out of the home for his own security, the police said.

Police action come less than 12 hours after the former Mungiki sect leader and top security officials postponed the burial of his wife that was to be attended by Cord leader Raila Odinga and other opposition dignitaries today.

Machakos county police commander, Gideon Amalla, who led the raid on Njenga's farm, said the local security council took that step after it emerged that some Maasai raiders had planned to storm into the planned burial site for Njenga's wife and three others to eject the mourners.

The Maasai morans led by their elders, who were armed with spears, swords, bows and arrows, had camped outside Njenga's home on the night of Friday to wait for the bodies to arrive.

William Kasio while addressing the Machakos county security committee outside Njenga's home accompanied by the morans said they have no business talking to Njenga over the burial arrangement of his Mungiki followers.

"What are we going to talk with Njenga who has chosen a life different from our own? We are saying no to his request to bury his people here. We are even ready to refund his money he used to buy this land because we have disagreed with him that no Mungiki sect members are going to be buried in Maasai land," said Kasio.

Kasio was reacting to Njenga's remarks on Friday when he said he is ready to have talks with his neighbours fore the sake of peace. Earlier in the morning raid one vehicle was attacked by the Maasai morans as the occupants fled from the GSU officers.

Njenga was not harmed but was forced to leave his house as the police took over the precincts.

Those who attended the Maasai meeting were Athi River sub-county deputy county commissioner, Kodhek Makori and his Isinya counterpart, Hassan Bulle. Others were Kajiado deputy county police commander Joel Lang'at, Isinya OCPD Stephen Weda and other top police officers.

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