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Mungiki planning to attack police officers

Monday October 18 2010

FILE | NATION. Some of the fifty youths who were last month arraigned before a Limuru court charged for being members of the outlawed Mungiki sect.  According to an internal police report dated September 29, the sect members are now planning to attack police officers following intensified crackdowns on their activities.

FILE | NATION. Some of the fifty youths who were last month arraigned before a Limuru court charged for being members of the outlawed Mungiki sect. According to an internal police report dated September 29, the sect members are now planning to attack police officers following intensified crackdowns on their activities.  

By HILLARY SANG, [email protected]

Members of the outlawed Mungiki sect are now planning to attack police officers following intensified crackdowns on their activities.

The officers, particularly those based in the city, are perceived to be in the forefront of efforts to stamp out the proscribed group.

According to an internal police report dated September 29, the group is also plotting to resort to kidnappings and hijackings for ransom. The sect is seeking to raise Sh6 million to finance its activities and bail out members who will be charged in court.

In a separate police report dated October 5, the Mungiki leaders are alleged to be strategising on how to avenge the killing of 14 sect members, whose bodies were found recently at the Nairobi City Mortuary.

“They are planning to reactivate the sect’s hit squad whose duty will be to eliminate any security officer found to be an easy target and also to identify security personnel who are executing sect members for possible elimination,” read part of the report.

The two reports instruct all Provincial Criminal Investigation Officers and Officers Commanding Police Divisions to advise their officers to be on the alert as they perform their duties. Heightened crackdowns on members of illegal gangs and their activities need to be sustained to pre-empt their heinous plans, the reports add.

Police commissioner Mathew Iteere has pledged to bring all organised gangs in the country to book.

Mungiki is dreaded for forceful circumcisions of women, beheadings, abductions, rapes, and extortions.