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Ex-Mungiki leader Maina Njenga eyes Mount Kenya kingpin role

By Sammy Waweru November 8th, 2023 2 min read

Former Mungiki leader Maina Njenga has exuded confidence he is the new Mount Kenya community kingpin or spokesperson in the waiting.

He further shared his vision to unite the Agikuyu community.

He stressed the importance of uniting his kinsmen before discussing about the spokesperson’s position.

“Unity for our community, love for the country, and how people will come together is key,” said Mr Njenga.

With his remarks seemingly targeting Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua and some politicians from Mount Kenya, he said that elected leaders from the region appear to prioritize their interests, “rather than defending the position of the Kikuyu community in the government”.

He stated that division within the community has compelled him to embark on a journey to bring them together.

“One thing I stand for is unity…Whoever unites their people and shows them love and the way forward, will be the spokesperson for Mount Kenya,” he explained.

Mr Gachagua, the second in command in the Kenya Kwanza Government, is considered the defacto Central Region’s kingpin, but Njenga claims this role is still held by the retired President, Uhuru Kenyatta.

“Uhuru Kenyatta has not retired as the chairman of Jubilee and Azimio. However, when things get better, we will have a ceremony to crown the person chosen to lead the Mount Kenya community,” Mr Njenga said.

“For now, we are in the process of bringing everyone together, and I believe that in the end, I will be the ‘Kingpin.’

I will be, once I complete this task. Because I don’t see anyone else ready. Others are busy with their businesses. I am ready to lead the Mountain, show people the way, inform them where we are going and where we are coming from, and teach them how to manage businesses,” he added.

The former Mungiki leader revealed that he is also looking forward to forming a political party that will unite the region.

He stressed that his efforts should not be misconstrued because the Rift Valley has the UDA party (led by President William Ruto), Nyanza region has ODM party (led by Raila Odinga), and Ukambani has the Wiper party (led by Kalonzo Musyoka).

Maina Njenga believes his dedication will help his community gain significant influence, especially after the National Dialogue Committee (Kenya Kwanza and Azimio la Umoja negotiations) Report is released.​

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