Maina Njenga case derailed by heavy police presence

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2023 00:37 | By
Former Mungiki leader Maina Njenga. PHOTO/Print
Former Mungiki leader Maina Njenga. PHOTO/Print

Heavy police presence in and outside the Nakuru law courts yesterday thwarted the second-day hearing of the criminal case against former Mungiki leader Maina Njenga.

In the case, Njenga (pictured) and 11 others are accused of being members of the outlawed sect, participating in its activities, being in possession of an illegal firearm and drugs.

The case has dragged on in court since May 2023 when the police raided Njenga’s home in Wanyororo, Bahati, and made an arrest of 11 people. The host who was not home at that time. Njenga surrendered himself in court days later.

The first day of hearing of the case was on Monday this week when the prosecution presented two witnesses before Nakuru Principal Magistrate Kipkurui Kibelion.

Walking sticks

First to take to the stand was Njenga’s mother-in-law Hannah Njoki who was, however, unable to testify after she collapsed and was carried out of the court.

She was followed by Police Constable Eric Wainaina who presented items alleged to have been recovered from Njenga’s residence among them a pistol, three rounds of ammunition, snuff and walking sticks.
Hearing of the case was scheduled to resume yesterday morning with the prosecution ready to present six witnesses who, however, missed a chance to testify.

This is after the defence lawyers staged a protest against the heavy police presence saying members of the public had been barred by the police.

The principal magistrate adjourned the case for 20 minutes directing the defence and the prosecution sides to agree on the matter.

He later adjourned the case till today (Wednesday) when the six witnesses are expected to testify.

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