How ex-Mungiki leader Njenga was kicked out of top sleuth’s function
Details have emerged of how former Mungiki leader Mr Maina Njenga was barred from attending a fundraiser presided over by Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) Mr Ndegwa Muhoro.
Mr Njenga, who is eyeing the Laikipia senatorial seat, caused a scene when he arrived in style at the fundraiser at Kundarila Day Secondary School, in Laikipia West at the weekend.
Flanked by his supporters, the former Mungiki leader arrived at the venue with several chase cars and about 20 motorbikes all with the headlights on.
His aides, donning intimidating faces, jumped out of their cars and opened the door for him before he was received with ululations by a group of women traditional dancers as they walked him towards the venue of the function.
It was then that Mr Muhoro ordered the provincial administrators and police officers to keep the group away from the venue of the function that was also attended by Laikipia West MP Dr Wachira Karani.
A police officer who sought anonymity said they had received strict orders not allow to Mr Njenga and his followers at the venue of the fundraiser “as they were likely to cause chaos.”
According to the Principal of Kundarila Day Secondary School, Mr Charles Ndegwa, the former Mungiki leader had called him some few days before the fundraiser to enquire whether he could attend the fundraiser.
“He called me after getting my number from an unknown person and asked me if I was okay with him attending the fundraiser. I told him that there was no problem with him attending,’’ said Mr Ndegwa, adding that Mr Njenga even offered to bring Sh 1.5 million.
According to the school head, Mr Njenga would later appear at the venue with an unwelcomed group of people and attempted to take over the whole event.
“We actually had no problem with him attending the fundraiser. Our concern was the way he arrived at the venue flanked by over 100 supporters and attempted to take over the whole event. This was likely to cause mayhem at the event that was attended by senior government officials,” added Mr Ndegwa.
However, the incident has been highly condemned by Mr Njenga’s supporters who accused Mr Muhoro, who is also rumoured to be interested in a top seat in the county in the next general election, of using his position to intimidate other aspirants.
“The DCI is a dictator who wants to use his position to micro-manage the affairs of the county. Mr Njenga had a right to attend the fundraiser just like other invited guest, they only gave him a political mileage by locking him out of the event,” said Mr Peter Nderitu, a resident.
Last week, in a similar event, Mr Njenga expressed his interest in vying for the Laikipia County senatorial seat in next year’s polls.
Mr Njenga, who is also the bishop and the founder of Hope International ministries church, declared his interest to unseat the incumbent Mr Godfrey Gitahi Kariuki.
He said that he was ready to battle for the seat with others interested candidates, noting that he was keen in pushing for laws that will change the county and promote the interests of citizens.
Other politicians who have declared their interest in the seat include Laikipia County Kuppet branch executive secretary Mr Ndung’u Wangenye, Mr Mururi King’ori, Mr James Githiri and Mr Peter Gathuo.