Mungiki Boss On Murder Charge

East African Standard/April 9, 2004

The chairman of the outlawed Mungiki sect, John Maina Njenga and 35 others were yesterday charged in court with murder.

The 36, together with others not in court, are alleged to have murdered Francis Njoroge Maina at Lower Kirinyaga Road in Nairobi on the night of February17.

They denied the charges before Justice Benjamin Kubo.

Their lawyer, Mr Samwel Mohochi, said the prosecution had not supplied them with witness statements and exhibits.

However, he said he was constantly in touch with the investigating officer who had assured him he would provide them.

Mohochi also claimed his clients' personal items had disappeared from the various police cells where they were being held.

He said three of them had lost mobile phones and money .The case will be mentioned on May 3. Trial begins on October 25.

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