299 suspected Mungiki members released on Ksh.10,000 bond each.

 , were released on a Ksh.10,000 bond each. The release followed the leader’s condemnation of the government’s alleged harassment and arrests.

Upon appearing in an open court in Nyeri, the suspects expressed solidarity through songs and freedom chants. One individual pleaded not guilty to the charges, and subsequently, the court released all of them.

In their defense, lawyer Ndegwa Njiru argued that the accused were victims of a political witch-hunt orchestrated by a senior political leader in the Mount Kenya region. He emphasized that the arrests occurred on the streets of Nyeri, not at the planned rally site in Kibiru-ini.

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The arrests transpired after Nyeri County Commissioner Pius Murugu banned a planned rally, deeming it unlawful. Former Mungiki leader Maina Njenga criticized the government, asserting that innocent Kikuyu youth were being harassed. He clarified that the meeting had been called off.

Lawyer Njiru defended the accused, questioning the criminalization of young Kikuyu men. The suspects were arrested on Sunday in Nyeri town.

The case is scheduled for mention on January 16 and January 18, 2024.

In a separate incident in Murang’a, 23 people were arrested for alleged possession of knives and items believed to be used in rituals at the Mukurwe-wa Nyagathanga shrine.

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Ken Maasai

Ken Wakuraya is a seasoned Journalist with official accreditation from the Media Council of Kenya, possessing extensive expertise in covering political, Entertainment, and Human interest stories.

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