Maina Njenga charged with possession of machetes, rungus, swords, jembe sticks

By , K24 Digital
On Mon, 24 Jul, 2023 11:43 | 2 mins read
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Former Mungiki sect leader Maina Njenga in court. PHOTO/Courtesy

Former Mungiki leader Maina Njenga was on Monday, July 24, 2023, arraigned at the Makadara law courts - five days after he was arrested and detained at an unknown location.

According to the charge sheet seen by K24 Digital, Njenga has been charged with possession of offensive weapons contrary to section 89 (1) of the Penal Code, CAP 63.

The former Mungiki leader was charged with two other persons - Peter Njoroge Kamunya and Felix Ratu Lakishe.

"On the 20th day of July 23 at Kiserian area within Kajiado County, without reasonable excuse, were found in possession of offensive weapons to wit 14 machetes, 24 Maasai swords, 46 rungus and three jembes sticks in circumstances which raised reasonable presumption that the said offensive weapons intended to be used in a manner prejudicial to the public order," the court paper read in part.

The former Mungiki leader was arrested in connection to the three-day anti-government protests that rocked the country last week from Wednesday, July 19, 2023, to Friday, July 21, 2023.

Njenga's lawyer Ndegwa Njiru said his client was apprehended on Thursday, July 20 by police from Lower Matasia in Ngong and taken to an undisclosed location.

The lawyers moved to court under habeas corpus and obtained an order requiring police to produce him in court on July 24.

Habeas corpus is a writ issued by a court directing one who holds another in custody to produce the person before the court for a specified purpose.

Several individuals and leaders allied to Azimio leader Raila Odinga were last week nabbed in connection with the three-day anti-government protests.

They included; Raila's spokesman Dennis Onyango, bodyguard Maurice Ogeta, Kilifi South MP Ken Chonga, Embakasi East MP Babu Owino, Mathare MP Anthony Oluoch, blogger Pauline Njoroge among others.

They were all arrested at various places and whisked to various destinations that are unknown to their family members, friends and acquaintances.

Upon his release, Raila's bodyguard said that police demanded to know the routes that the Azimio leader was supposed to use while protesting.

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