Demonstrators accuse police over disappearance of kin

Nairobi, Kenya - Angry demonstrators who accused police over the disappearance of their relatives blocked part of the Nakuru-Nairobi highway.

About 100 demonstrators on Sunday claimed police had arrested their kin over accusations that they were followers of the Mungiki sect. They carried banners and demanded an explanation over their missing relatives. Police were forced to use teargas canisters to disperse the group.

Speaking to The Standard, Ms Susan Njeri, 65, said she had lost three family members in unclear circumstances. She said on December 26, her son George Kariuki, 30, who owned a phone repair kiosk in Mwiki, Nairobi, was picked up by people she suspected to be policemen and until now she has not seen him. She said Kariuki’s father, Mr Peter Njenga had been following the matter.

"He went to see police in Ruiru, but we have not seen him too," Susan said.

Mr Kamau Kang’ara, director of Oscar Foundation, who led the demonstration, was arrested and later released when local MP Peter Mwathi intervened. Kang’ara claimed tens of youth branded Mungiki had disappeared.

"We have compiled a list of those believed to have been killed by police," he said.

Kiambu OCPD Jay Munyambu, who led the anti-riot police, invited the protestors to his office to discuss the matter. He promised to investigate the allegations.