Briefing from ROAPE Volume 34 Number 113
Kikuyus Muscle in on Security and Politics


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Kikuyus Muscle in on Security and Politics: Kenya's Righteous Youth Militia
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Vol.34 No.113 (Sept 2007), pp521-526
Nairobi's 143 shantytowns are lawless zones patrolled by armed vigilante gangs of destitute youths. The largest and most remarkable of these militia is called Mungiki. It began as a spiritual movement but now mixes hustling and extortion with politics.