CIPEV queries Mungiki role in poll violence

September 2, 2008 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, September 2 – Investigators from the Commission of Inquiry into Post Election Violence (CIPEV) have questioned jailed Mungiki leader Maina Njenga.

Sources told Capital News that the detectives were at the Naivasha G.K. Prison on Tuesday morning where they interrogated the sect chief.

Details of the meeting were scanty but reports suggested that the detectives were seeking to establish the alleged involvement of Mungiki sect members in the post poll skirmishes.

“I don’t have much details of what transpired in the meeting between the officers and Njenga, but I understand it was all about the allegations on the Mungiki involvement in the violence,” a source said.

During CIPEV’s public sittings at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC), many witnesses claimed that much of the violence was perpetrated by Mungiki sect members.

Some of the witnesses who testified at the public inquiry told the commission that the violence was organised, and blamed the gang members of having played a part in the chaos.

Many said that in the Rift Valley particularly, armed youth were ferried there to attack people.

When contacted for comment, CIPEV’s Communications Officer Mildred Ngesa said she was not aware of the detectives’ visit to Naivasha.

“I am not aware of that. I do not have that information but I will try to find out,” she said on telephone from Mombasa, where the commission is holding the final phase of its public hearings.

The commission has held public hearings in Nairobi, Nakuru, Eldoret and Kisumu.

It has heard evidence from top government officials, human rights lobby groups, individuals, and politicians among others, and is expected to hand in its report towards the end of the month.

Among those who have testified at the inquiry include Attorney General Amos Wako, Chief of General Staff Jeremiah Kianga, National Security Intelligence Services Director General Michael Gichangi and Police chief Major General Mohammed Hussein Ali.


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