Kenya murders after sect jailing


Jun 22, 2007

At least 11 people have been murdered in Kenya in overnight attacks in the capital and its outskirts.

Police say eight people were killed in a Nairobi suburb when gunmen opened fire on drinkers in a bar.

Three others were murdered in Banana Hill, a town about 30km from the capital, one of them was beheaded.

The killings come a day after the ex-leader of the Mungiki, the banned sect blamed for recently beheading some 30 people - was jailed for five years.

The police have not confirmed if members of the outlawed sect were linked to the overnight killings.


The BBC's David Ogot in Nairobi says about five gunmen attacked bar patrons on Thursday night in Kariobangi South, a low income class residential area.

The gunmen hurled three hand grenades into the bar before shooting indiscriminately at them and people standing outside.

Central Province Commissioner Kiplimo Rugut confirmed that three villagers were killed in Banana Hill township.

Former Mungiki leader John Kamunya, alias Maina Njenga, was sentenced on Thursday to five years in jail by a Nairobi court for possessing a gun and nearly 5kg of marijuana.

Mungiki followers have been demanding protection fees from public transport operators, slum dwellers and other businessmen in Nairobi.

Those who refuse are often brutally murdered.

The Mungiki are thought to be militants from Kenya's biggest ethnic group, the Kikuyu. The sect was banned in 2002.