Former Mungiki leader Maina Njenga released on Ksh50K bond

By , K24 Digital
On Mon, 29 May, 2023 14:34 | 2 mins read
Former Mungiki leader Maina Njenga
Former Mungiki leader Maina Njenga. PHOTO/Courtesy

Former Mungiki leader Maina Njenga has been released on a Ksh50,000 bond or Ksh100,000 cash bail.

Njenga, who appeared in Nakuru Law Courts on Monday, May 29, 2023, was charged with several offenses including being a member of an organised crime and six charges of engaging in organised criminal activities.

He was also charged with being in possession of firearms ammunition, government stores and psychotropic substances.

He is also accused of addressing a gathering at Wanyororo area in Nakuru County on May 11, 2023, to "encourage support" for the outlawed sect, Mungiki.

Court conditions for Njenga

The court released him on the condition that he is not allowed to address the media or the public. He has also been barred from making any contact with any prosecution witnesses likely to jeopardize the case.

The former Mungiki leader, who denied all the charges, was represented in court by NARC -Kenya party leader Martha Karua, Jeremiah Kioni and Ndengwa Njiru.

In previous addresses to the media, Njenga attributed his tribulations to bad politics, maintaining that he has never owned a gun nor used bhang in his life.

“This is politics. Police are lying and they should not be used in such games. The President should not allow such issues in this era. It's politics and especially in our region,” Njenga said.

One of the firearms police claimed to have recovered was a home-made pistol capable of firing while the other one was a Tokarev whose serial number had been defaced.

On May 12, police also raided his homes in Nairobi and Nyahururu saying they were looking for him.

Njenga said the teams, which arrived simultaneously at 4 am at his Nakuru, Lavington, Karen and Nyandarua homes, told workers they were looking for him.

Azimio leaders have claimed the raids were meant to stop Njenga from attending the funeral of Dedan Kimathi’s wife, Field Marshal Mukami Kimathi on May 13 in Njabini, Kinangop.

He however attended the funeral in the company of Azimio leader Raila Odinga. He was manhandled as he tried to access the main tent where the funeral attended by President William Ruto was taking place.