DP Gachagua says government will not negotiate with outlawed criminal gangs in response to former Mungiki leader, Maina Njenga.
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has declared that the government will not negotiate with criminal gangs.
Gachagua was reacting to requests for negotiations made by former Mungiki leader Maina Njenga when he spoke on Friday, September 22, at the funeral of Field Marshall Muthoni Kirima in Nyeri County.
“We cannot negotiate with outlawed criminal gangs. They must denounce violence then we can have a discussion,” he remarked.
Speaking earlier at the same burial, Maina Njenga stated that he was prepared to negotiate with the government to resolve the problems that occasionally resulted in his arrests.
“If there are any issues, we are ready to sit down and iron them out. I don’t have a problem with anyone,” Njenga said.
The EX-Mungiki leader has had run-ins with the government resulting to multiple arrests by the police.
Maina Njenga was allegedly abducted by unknown persons on last Saturday night.
He was released by his suspected kidnappers after 24 hours and dumped in Limuru, Kiambu County at about 10.15 pm.
In May he was also arrested from his father’s home in Kiserian and detained for days before being arraigned.
Njenga was later released on a Sh200,000 bond after he was charged for allegedly playing a huge role in planning anti-government demonstrations.
In May this year, Njenga made headlines when police raided his three homes in Nairobi, Nakuru, and Laikipia counties. This followed claims they recovered weapons from the Nakuru home.
The recovery was made on May 12 when the police raided Njenga’s home in Ngomongo village in Bahati, Nakuru.
His family says the drama surrounding Njenga is political over politics in Central Kenya.