In an impactful move, Deputy President of Kenya, Rigathi Gachagua, has issued a directive for a crackdown on the resurgence of the outlawed Mungiki sect in Central Kenya and parts of Nairobi.
This decision was voiced during a burial ceremony in Mathira, Nyeri County, bringing to light the disturbing re-emergence of this notorious group known for its history of violent crimes, including killings and female circumcision.
Gachagua Reinforces Rule of Law
Addressing the issue, Gachagua condemned the trend of youth groups charging fees for providing security services, a role traditionally ascribed to the police force.
He emphasized the country's rule of law and ordered county commanders to shield businesses from the destabilization efforts of criminal gangs. These actions, he stressed, are a necessity to maintain order and ensure the safety of the Kenyan population.
Women Legislators Raise Alarm
Joining the Deputy President in this call to action, women legislators have voiced their apprehensions about the situation. MPs Alice Ng'ang'a and Beatrice Elachi have appealed to the Interior Cabinet Secretary to intensify the fight against criminal gangs.
They underscored the particular vulnerability of women to these groups, urging for improved security measures to guard against the country falling under the control of criminal organizations akin to those in Haiti.
Condemnation of Association with Mungiki Sect
In a stern warning, Gachagua decried any association with the Mungiki sect. The group, infamous for its brutal crimes and violations, has been outlawed due to its threat to regional peace.
This directive comes as part of the Deputy President's commitment to protecting citizens from the perils of illegal gangs and re-emerging criminal sects. As he assured the residents, the government is firmly in control, ready to deal decisively with these threats to peace and stability.