Villagers in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s rural village, Ichaweri, were engulfed by fear and shock after bodies of three young men were found dumped there.
The bodies were found in Kimunyu, Ichaweri and Mutomo in Gatundu just two days after Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i vowed to crackdown on the killer Mungiki sect.
The three unidentified men in their 20s are believed to have been murdered elsewhere through strangulation before their bodies were dumped in different locations at Mutomo and Kimunyu villages.
News that three bodies were found dumped send shock waves on Saturday morning, with residents fearing the killer gang had struck again.
The villagers were somewhat relieved after learning that the victims were not from the area.
There was fresh panic among locals on Sunday morning when the body of a middle-aged man was found lying on the roadside at Riverside Estate near Kimunyu, but police later established that it was a hit-and-run accident.
Juja Sub-County Police Commander Dorothy Migarusha said the victim who appeared to be of unsound mind was hit by a vehicle on Sunday night.
“I want to assure residents that this was a fatal hit-and-run accident and they should not panic,” Migarusha said on phone.
Locals who had talked to CS Matiang’i said they have been spending sleepless nights after the armed gang killed two men from the area and raped a woman during several robbery incidents.
Gatundu South Sub-County Deputy Police Vommander George Kipkoros said security officers have commenced investigations on the matter.
While calling for calmness, Kipkoros confirmed that the bodies had been strangled elsewhere before being dumped in the two villages.
Residents are still apprehensive despite Mating’i’s assurance and continue to live in fear of being mugged, killed and robbed of valuables by the merciless gang that has been breaking into houses at night.
During his visit on Thursday last week, Dr Matiang’I, who was accompanied by Inspector-General of Police Hilary Mutyambai, expressed concern over reports of cold-blooded killings and robbery in the area and announced the redeployment of security and administration officers in Kiambu with immediate effect.
Matiang’i visited the President’s backyard soon after the burial of two residents, Joseph Kagua Kibe and Bernard Kiruki, who had been killed in a span of a week by armed robbers.
In one of the robbery incidents, the deadly gang raped a middle-aged woman in front of her family members before they making way with mobile phones and cash.
Residents attribute the attacks to the possible resurgence of the dreaded Mungiki sect, but Matiang’i assured them that the security apparatus will eliminate the gang.
Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria said members of the gang are believed to be operating from Githurai in Nairobi County.