Maina Njenga vows to soldier on

April 19, 2012 8:17 am


Former Mungiki leader-turned-bishop Maina Njenga/ FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 19 – Former Mungiki leader Maina Njenga says that he will continue to organise peace meetings despite frustrations by security officials to cancel each event he plans.

Speaking to Capital FM News at his Karen home on Wednesday, Njenga said that he together with his friends will announce a series of peace meetings in all the 47 counties to preach cohesion and unity.

He said: “We will be making an announcement in two to three weeks on how we will traverse the whole country asking everyone from the youth to the old to come together so that we have a country in which we are proud to be.”

Njenga accused powerful politicians from Central Kenya of using police to suppress counter opinions and which led to the cancelling of the Limuru 2B meeting.

“I was ejected from Wida Hotel with the police saying that I should henceforth not be seen in Kiambu County and Central province at large. It is alarming; are they from a different country? How can I avoid Kiambu County? he posed.

He maintained that his lawyers will file a case in court seeking to understand the rationale which police used to lock him out of Kiambu County and Central Kenya.

Njenga who is now a Christian bishop said that the rights and freedoms guaranteed to Kenyans by the Constitution must be guarded and respected at all costs.

He said that Kenyan youths must be helped and encouraged to deal with the challenges that face them including unemployment and the entrenchment in tribalism.

“We need to talk to them on the problems of ethnicity and which we have seen; how they can take advantage of the programs that the government is initiating and how to avoid addiction to harmful substances,” he explained.

Police had previously uneasily granted him permission to hold his meeting with Njenga claiming that he had notified them in good time and preparations were complete.

In March police kept close vigil after Njenga insisted that a prayer meeting he had organised in Nakuru was cancelled by the local administration.

Earlier on Wednesday police opened fire and lobbed teargas at thousands of youth who were marching to the Jumuia Conference Centre in Limuru for a meeting organised to counter another held there by GEMA leaders two weeks ago.

A group of youth led by veteran lawyer Paul Muite and activist Ngunjiri Wambugu—the meeting convener—who had marched to the venue were blocked by police and decided to leave peacefully.

Njenga maintained that tribal groupings like the GEMA (Gikuyu, Embu and Meru) and KAMATUSA (Kalenjin, Maasai, Turkana and Samburu) should not be encouraged to thrive in the country.

“They promote hate and individualistic thinking which cannot take us anywhere,” he quipped.

The GEMA meeting earlier in March endorsed Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta as the central Kenya presidential hopeful while ICC co-accused William Ruto was later endorsed in Eldoret under the KAMATUSA tribal grouping.


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