Police on Wednesday, July 19, pounced on former Mungiki Leader Maina Njenga while at his father’s home in Matasia, Kajiado County.
According to reports, sleuths cornered the former sect leader and an ally of the opposition chief Raila Odinga while at his father’s home in Matasia, Kajiado County.
Security officers picked Njenga together with his brother Njoroge Njenga and his personal assistant Ole Lekishe.
Confirming the incident, Njenga’s lawyer, Ndengwa Njiru stated that they received information of his arrest by people who introduced themselves as police officers.
“He has been arrested by people who were in more than 20 vehicles and took him to undisclosed location,” said Njiru.
Reason for Arrest
The family stated that police with unmarked cards arrived at the compound at around 8pm and picked him up.
The police officers said they wanted to question Maina Njenga on his involvement in the ongoing Azimio demonstrations.
Njenga is an ally of opposition leader Raila Odinga who called for three days of protests from Wednesday July 19 to Friday, July 21.
They abducted Maina Njenga
His lawyer further said that they were treating the matter as an abduction and not an arrest.
“We are treating this matter as an abduction and not an arrest. We all understand the protocol that is followed in arrests,” the lawyer said.
However, the lawyer commended the police for exhibiting a high level of professionalism in handling the matter.
” The police are very cooperative, only a few goons are trying to bring chaos,” he said.
Njiru maintained that all his team wants is for the police to present his client in court.
Additionally, he stated he was able to see Embakasi East MP Babu Owino but he did not have any information about Maina Njenga.
Maina Njenga vs Gachagua
This comes three days after Njenga dismissed reports that he was interested in becoming the political leader of the Mount Kenya region.
Currently, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua is the top politician from region after the retirement of former President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“They claim that I want to be the kingpin of Mount Kenya’s village. I am not interested in that. I am past it. If someone wants to be a kingpin, then he or she can be that,” said Njenga.
Additionally, Njenga added that he was not against DP Gachagua. He said his ideology was only different with that of the DP on matters of politics in the region.
Previously, police and politicians accused Njenga of trying to reorganize the Mungiki group.