As you read this, police are battling Mungiki rioters in parts of Nairobi as tensions rise in Naivasha where roads have been blocked.
It is reported that 4 cars have been torched in Pipeline estate as bon fires have been lit in Dandora, Kayole, Zimmerman and Naivasha Road. All those are areas where the influence of the outlawed Mungiki sect is very high.
My sources on the ground in Naivasha tell me that tensions are very high in the town and the road to Nairobi was still blocked as I spoke to my informant a few minutes ago.
It is believed that the violence has to do with protests against the death of jailed Mungiki leader Maina Njenga's wife last week. Her body and that of the driver were found damped after they were reported to have been carjacked. Relatives say that they were tortured badly, but do not give details of what signs on the body led them to this conclusion.
Clearly that was no ordinary car jacking and killing. I am now following a few leads to determine what may have happened. Could somebody have been trying to provoke the Mungiki to violence for political reasons?
On Saturday the Mbagathi area (adjacent to the Kibera slums) was brought to a standstill as wailing women protested the killing of Mrs Njenga.
I will update this post the minute I get any further information.
Update at 11:18 Kenyan Time
Reports are trickling in of skirmishes in Nakuru and Nyahururu. I have no further information at this time because we got cut off with my informant just as we were starting our conversation. I will update you as soon as I am able to re-establish contact. However, again these are areas with strong Mungiki following.
It is also becoming abundantly clear that the Mungiki trouble was deliberately triggered off by somebody for political reasons. Get details in my raw notes this week (scroll to the bottom of the linked page to see how you can get my raw notes today)
Update at 2:10PM Kenyan Time
9 people have been killed so far countrywide as a result of what appears to have been very well co-ordinated Mungiki attacks targeting many major towns across the country. Attacks have so far been reported in Eldoret, Naivasha, Nakuru, Nyahururu, Othaya and Gatundu amongst other places. In Nairobi most major estates have been affected and transport affected for many Nairobians trying to get to work.
In Gatundu 3 people were brutally and mercilessly killed. A demonstration by a youth group in the town earlier today demanded the immediate release of Njenga so that he can bury his wife. As police dispersed the rowdy mob 3 people were shot and are believed to be seriously injured but in hospital.
Police spokesman Eric "Rambo Movie" Kiraithe called a press conference earlier today to ask Kenyans to remain calm because the situation was under control and the police had made numerous arrests.
P.S. In unrelated news, The Nairobi Star has today published a major feature on blogs where Kumekucha has prominently been mention.
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