Kenya gang leader freed from prison

Maina Njenga set free after prosecutors drop charges that he murdered 28 people.

    Njenga's Mungiki has been blamed for the murder of at least 28 Kenyans [EPA]

    Njenga had led Mungiki, a pseudo-religious group of dreadlocked youths who worshipped spirits in Mount Kenya and embraced rituals such as female circumcision.

    The group degenerated into a violent criminal gang notorious for gruesome murders, extortion and harassment.

    Free man

    Njenga's lawyer said he had been freed after prosecutors said they did not plan to proceed against him.

    Paul Muite said: "My client is a free man... He was set free alongside 21 other co-accused in the case."
       
    Njenga was first jailed in 2007 for drugs and firearms possession. That ruling was quashed by a higher court in May, although Njenga was re-arrested and charged with dozens of murders carried out in a central Kenyan town.

    Mungiki, which means "multitude" in Kikuyu, claims to be a sect founded by Mau Mau fighters who fought against British colonial rule.
      
    They have the reputation of killing all those who try to leave the group.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Meet the man on a mission to take down Cambodia's timber tycoons and expose a rampant illegal cross-border trade.

    The priceless racism of the Duke of Edinburgh

    The priceless racism of the Duke of Edinburgh

    Prince Philip has done the world an extraordinary service by exposing the racist hypocrisy of "Western civilisation".

    China will determine the future of Venezuela

    China will determine the future of Venezuela

    There are a number of reasons why Beijing continues to back Maduro's government despite suffering financial losses.