Ex-Mungiki leader Maina Njenga released, dumped in Limuru


• His lawyer Ndegwa Njiru confirmed the release and accused police of being behind the kidnapping.

Maina Njenga
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After an alleged 24 hour kidnapping, former Mungiki leader Maina Njenga was released on Sunday night.

Njenga was left behind in Limuru, Kiambu County, at around 10.15 p.m., and given a ride home.

Then, after being taken up by his claimed kidnappers on Saturday night, he climbed onto a motorbike and rode to his home in Banana.

He called his solicitors and family members to inform them of the release once he had reached his home.

Ndegwa Njiru, his attorney, announced the release and charged the police with being responsible for the kidnapping.

“Client Maina Njenga was finally released by the rogue police hit squad after our press conference,” he said.

His brother Njoroge Kamunya also confirmed Njenga the released.

“We will meet in court for the case that we have. He is okay for now though traumatised,” he said.

On Saturday night, he was kidnapped in Kiambu's Banana neighbourhood; the reason behind the incident is yet unknown.

Njenga is scheduled to appear in Makadara court on Monday for his case's preliminary hearing.

On the situation, the police have not yet spoken. Perminus Kioi, the head of the Kiambu police, did not return our calls.

It is not the first time that he has experienced such turmoil.

He was also taken into custody in May while at his father's house in Kiserian, where he was held for days before being charged.

Njenga was later accused with playing a significant part in organising anti-government protests and released on a Sh200,000 bond.

When police searched Njenga's three properties in the counties of Nairobi, Nakuru, and Laikipia in May of this year, it garnered media attention. This came after reports that they had found guns in the Nakuru residence.

When the police stormed Njenga's residence in Ngomongo village in Bahati, Nakuru, on May 12, the recovery was accomplished.

According to his relatives, the controversy surrounding Njenga is related to politics in Central Kenya.

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