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Ex-mungiki leader Maina Njenga was abducted, lawyers now claim

July 20th, 2023 2 min read

The lawyers of former Mungiki leader Maina Njenga now claim that he was not arrested but abducted.

Led by Mr Ndegwa Njiru, the lawyers say that they are planning to move to court to push the government to produce Mr Njenga.

Nairobi News has established that he was nabbed alongside two others namely, Felix Lekishe and Mr Peter Kamunya.

They were all picked from the home of Mr Kamunya Njoroge, the father of the ex-mungiki leader.

“We are treating the matter as an abduction because the protocol of making an arrest was not made,” said the lawyer.

Also read: Revealed: How former Mungiki leader Maina Njenga was arrested at his father’s Matasia home

He further claimed that his relatives and lawyers had been denied information about his whereabouts as no one was willing to link them with him.

Mr Njenga was, on the night of Wednesday, July 19, 2023, allegedly arrested by people who introduced themselves as police officers. They arrived at his father’s home at 9 pm and left with the trio.

According to his lawyers, they were picked by the team, which arrived in over 20 unmarked vehicles making it hard to tell where they had taken the political leader.

A senior detective attached to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) told the Nation that he was being investigated on his role in the ongoing anti-government protests that kicked off on Wednesday, July 19, 2023 and are scheduled to end on Friday, July 21, 2023.

“He is being grilled and being questioned on his involvement in the ongoing demonstrations,” said the officer who spoke confidently as they are not authorised to address the media.

This comes just three days after Mr Njenga told off critiques who suggested he was all interested in being the Mount Kenya kingpin.

Also read: Six things to know about ex-Mungiki leader Maina Njenga

The critics had said that his interest was to fight off Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua from the helm of Mount Kenya.

“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 Mr Njenga.

He also said that he did not have any differences with the DP, and his focus was purely different on matters of politics in the vast Mount Kenya region.

He asked President William Ruto to sit with Azimio la Umoja leader Raila Odinga and solve their differences.

Mr Njenga has been accused of trying to regroup the Mungiki group, an outlawed group in the country.

Also read: Revealed: List of charges ex-Mungiki leader Maina Njenga is likely to face