Reformed Mungiki leader Maina Njenga through his lawyers Ndegwa Njiru and Martha Karua on Monday, May 29, hit back at Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua over his remarks on the Mungiki uprising.
Speaking before the Nakuru law court, Njiru stated that comments made by Gachagua on May 28, lowered the opinion of Kenyans about Njenga despite being a respectable member of the society.
He noted that the country had gone through a difficult time when the gang attacked and Kenyans did not want to go back there.
“Our client had been vilified by the press. In a function in Thika, the deputy president made comments meant to lower the opinion of the right-thinking member of our society as our client is concerned. Knowing the experience that our country has gone through, we do not want to go back there,” Njiru stated.
Further, Karua faulted the Directorate of Criminal Investigations(DCI) for referring to Njenga as an ex-Mungiki leader adding that when he presented himself to the headquarters, they intended to detain him further.
“It was after 1 p.m. and they planned to keep him over the weekend. There have been press reports that appear to prejudice the accused, and we want the court to provide guidance,” Karua stated.
Njenga was released on Ksh100,000 cash bail and Ksh50,000 bond or surety of the same amount after pleading not guilty to all seven charges against him including supporting an organised criminal group.
He was restrained from making statements through the press or public gatherings in reference to the case.
Earlier on Sunday, May 28, Gachagua called out Njenga for allegedly manipulating the youth to enrich himself through gang operations claiming that Njenga was the sole beneficiary as he had nine mansions built across the country.
"It is a few people taking advantage of young people. As we speak today, he has nine posh homes, in Lavington, Kitengela, Nyahururu and others.
"I appeal to church leaders and elders, please talk to our children.That person reviving that gang is setting our children to be killed. Since the government will not allow it, I want to ask parents to talk to their children not to allow them to be misused for trouble,” Gachagua stated.
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