42 Mungiki Members Charged With Attempted Murder

The East African Standard/November 21, 2002
By Judy Ogutu

Nairobi -- Forty-Two suspected Mungiki sect followers who allegedly gouged out a man's eyes and cut off his hand were yesterday charged in court with attempted murder.

The sect members appeared before Nairobi Chief Magistrate, Boaz Olao charged with attempting to murder John Nderitu Gichuhi on November 19, at Mountain View Estate, Kasarani.

The accused, among them two women, were also charged with maliciously damaging property belonging to 70-year-old Gichuhi Kimira on the same day in the estate.

David Mwangi Kuria, Geoffrey Guchu Muiruri, Kavochi Kamau Murigu, Peris Njeri Chege, Simon Kimani Mwangi, Gichuru Mwangi Maina and Kagui Wanyata Ndichu are alleged to be among those who destroyed Kimira's Sh6.5 million worth of property.

Others alleged to have destroyed 13 acres of coffee, maize, perimeter fence and trees are Francis Kanyi, John Ngugi Kanyua, Gichanga Kariuki, Joel Mburu and Christopher Maina, among others.

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