Saturday, 28 June 2014

Maina Njenga seeks court’s help to bury his wife

Former Mungiki leader Maina Njenga Friday went to court seeking to be provided with security in order to bury his late wife and cousins on July 12, 2014.
Mr Njenga has sued the Attorney General, the County Police commanders of Machakos and Kajiado, the Mavoko officer commanding police division (OCPD), the chairman and leader of businessmen in Kitengela, Mr Wilson Ole Kasio and Mr James Ntulele.
In his suit papers he claims to have scheduled the burial date of his wife Ms Grace Wairimu Nyambere and cousins Grace Wairimu as well as Dickson Mwangi.
He now wants the AG, the County Police Commander of Machakos and Kajiado, and the Mavoko OCPD to accord him security to enable him conduct a peaceful burial ceremony.
He is accusing the sued parties of severally and jointly conspiring to stop the burial without any court order or reason.
He further says that they positioned police officers on his parcel of land, making it difficult for the burial ceremony to take place.
He is seeking a permanent order barring Mr Ole Kasio and Mr Ntulele from disturbing or stopping the burial arrangements.
“These government officials have the capacity to provide Mr Njenga with security and prevent either Mr Ole Kasio and Mr Ntulele or their agents from interfering, disrupting or stopping the burial ceremony scheduled for July 12, 2014 or any other day on his parcel of land in Kitengela or anywhere else,” said lawyer Justin Nyaberi.
Mr Njenga and the three deceased persons were accosted and attacked by a gang of heavily armed men who shot them and left Njenga wounded whilst the three died along the Olkalau-Nyahururu road on May 24, 2014.
Through Mr Nyaberi, Njenga claims he had made initial burial arrangements to bury his wife where his other late wife was buried.
But he was called on June 20, 2014 by the Kitengela County Commander of police as well as the OCPD to call off the burial ceremony planned for June 21, 2014.
Mr Njenga claims that his home was raided on June 21 by a contingent of police officers.
He alleges the police claimed that there was a group of 200 Maasai youths out to disrupt the burial ceremony and hence they stopped him from burying the remains of his wife on his own land.
He further alleges that the police took the responsibility of protecting the intruders instead of offering him protection and care during his time of mourning.
“I have planned to lay my dear wife to rest on July 12, 2014 and I request that the sued parties be directed to provide me with security, care and protection both to me and the mourners who will be attending the burial. I have no dispute with anybody and the people now claiming to represent unknown forces should be stopped, locked up or charge in court,” said Mr Njenga.
He says that he only seeks to offer his departed relatives a decent burial as he is a law abiding citizen and not a security threat to anyone.
The case will be heard on July 3, 2014 at the Mavoko Law courts.

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