Seven people massacred in Mukuru slum

January 10, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 10 – Seven people were hacked to death overnight at Nairobi’s Mukuru kwa Njenga slums.

Their bodies were found on Saturday morning in trenches and foot paths with machete cuts.

"I was one of the people who carried the bodies from the scene. It happened at around 11pm," James Kamau, a resident at the slum said.

"It is like a cult. More than thirty people died last year. They are not robbed but they are sacrificed with their clothes torn off and their body parts removed," Ms Amina Ali further recounted.

Police said that the seven were killed by Mungiki adherents following a protracted war of illegal taxes collected by the outlawed sect. 

The residents also accused the police of laxity in providing security in the area.

"We even have others just recently who were killed and the police are not even concerned," James Omondi a businessman in the area stated.

Ms Joan Njoki, a cousin to one of those killed accused the police of absconding their duties.

"The police are not doing any work and we do not have any security. They only turn their weapons on us when we complain," she said adding; "We want the people in charge to resign because they also collude with the thugs."

Tension remains high in the area.

Meanwhile, a police officer said to be an MP’s bodyguard was shot dead during a carjacking incident on Friday last night.

The policeman was in a public service vehicle that was headed to Kawangware when gangsters commandeered it to Buru Buru.

The thugs used the officer’s gun to kill him.

Police say they also robbed the matatu’s other passengers of money and other valuables.


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