Enough of this Mungiki menace

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When Professor Philip Alston released his interim report on the extra-judicial killings in the country, I expressed my support and sympathies with the police force. Here, I argued that police were merely trying to react to a monster that was just too large for them to handle using the ‘normal judicial processes.’

Back then, almost everybody seemed to sympathise with the murderous Mungiki gang, saying they had been denied justice.

Now, the people of Mathira, Kerugoya, Muranga and the larger Central Kenya have voiced their position on this Mungiki menace. They are fed up. They have vowed to wipe out members of this ragtag militia.

The villagers have now resorted to seeking out suspected Mungiki adherents and lynching them.

And they are right. Remember these thugs started by extorting money at matatu termini. Then, they moved to businesses and finally ended up demanding money from every homestead as ‘protection fees’.

Protection from what, you might ask? Well, protection from the same thugs who would otherwise attack you and rob you, often causing death.

Now, I say enough is enough! Enough of these extortionists and their excuses of disillusionment by the government.

Enough of villagers deciding to kill their sons, cousins, uncles and other relatives in the name of exterminating Mungiki.

Enough of the police being left to deal with the Mungiki menace alone, without proper help from the Judiciary.

Enough of the government assuming that Mungiki is a “passing cloud”, forgetting that it represents serious social flaws in policy.

Enough of politicians from Central province seeing Mungiki as a political and economic tool, to be unleashed at will.

Enough of families protecting their own, pretending not to know that they belong to a killer gang.

Enough of professor Alston spending ten days then scratching the surface by demanding political resignations.

Enough of you reading this article, and every story item that mentions Mungiki and adopting an “it doesn’t affect me” attitude.

Enough!

Let us now be ready to discuss this problem, and come up with sustainable, long term solutions. Do not wait for the government to do this, for you and I are the government.
 

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  • msema kweli

    I agree Laura, Kenyans should start acting. It begins with you(and me). Lets act by stopping to give bribes, to speak out against ills.

  • Lawrence Njenga- Limuru

    Laura…nice feature on your website. Anyway my point is simple. Kenyans are looking at Ruto now as a Hero. Like Artur is a BAD GUY but who wouldn’t want his autograph? Kenyan voters are everything their politicians are.

  • Githinji

    The Kenya we want is one without corruption but i don’t see and end it. We have tried to be united against it, remember 2002 when Kibaki become President,but it fought back hard and won. Guys as young as 20 are now seriously discussing ways to get to parliament and government so as to get involved in highly corruption ie Trition after all once we defraud billions all we need to do is by some MPs and get an expensive lawyer.It’s a small sacrifice for the billions.

  • Shikuku – USA

    How i wish more and more Kenyans got themselves engaged in the affairs of our great nation. Rally one another against relentless impunity by our leaders.
    Our leaders have lost the sense of being responsible to their employers thus continue to act recklessly in parliament (censure motion), they taint the image of our nations integrity. I dread reading news from Kenya everyday because they scream “something is not right again” and the worst is yet to come. Kenyans lets get involved in pragmatic political decisions of our nation right from our dinner tables. Lets resolve to build a better Nation on the principles of democracy. It can be done. WE CAN DO IT! I believe.

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