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14 Killed As Mungiki Unleash Mayhem – The Standard 15th April 2008

The Standard (Nairobi) 15th April 2008 – The report by Cyrus Ombati and Brian Adero ’14 killed as Mungiki Unleash Mayhem’ is an account of the violence perpetuated by Mungiki (the banned semi religious sect which models itself to the Mau Mau).

The violence is attributed to the killing of the wife of their leader Maina Njenga (who is in prison) Mrs Virginia Nyakio and her driver George Njoroge on the 9th of April 2008 in Ongata Rongai (West of Nairobi). Their bodies were found on the 10th of April 2008 in Gakoe Forest, Gatundu (North of Nariobi). There is a photo image of a member of Mungiki being arrested by Jacob Otieno. The violence occurred a day after the ‘Grand Coalition Cabinet’ was announced by President Mwai Kibaki. Other relevant reports are David Ohito and Susan Anyangu article ‘Cabinet: MP Says ODM Was Tricked’. It focuses on the mix feelings in Kenya. Interesting analysis: 70 % of legislators (MPs in the Tenth Kenya Parliament) are new but only 5% were appointed to the new cabinet. There is also a quote by an MP who sought anonymity ‘It may reflect the face of Kenya, but Mt Kenya received the big ministries compared to ODM.” There are comments by on of Kenya’s veteran parliamentarian Martin Shikuku who accused President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Elect Raila Odinga of ‘ignoring the wishes of Kenyans’. Beauttah Omanga, Abiya Ochola And Edith Fortunate report on the Civil Society response to the announcement of the Kenya;s‘Grand Coalition cabinet. ‘Activists Criticise Bloated Cabinet’ “The civil society reacted with fury to the formation of a 40-member Cabinet.’ The article” In a terse statement, the society asked Kenyans to boycott the swearing-in ceremony. The Kenya National Commission On Human Rights (KNCHR) is quoted in the article attributing a government agency “bloated Cabinet is an act of impunity by the political elite”.End

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