Briefing from ROAPE Volume 34 Number 113
Mungiki: ‘Neo-Mau Mau’ & Prospects for Democracy in Kenya

Mungiki: ‘Neo-Mau Mau’ & the Prospects for Democracy in Kenya
Vol.34 No.113 (Sept 2007), pp526-531
Political insecurity in Kenya has recently focused attention on the emergence of the Mungiki movement. Depicted in the Kenyan media as a thuggish, criminal organisation set on disrupting the already insecure climate in Nairobi and its outskirts, a spate of Mungiki-attributed activity (numerous beheadings of Mungiki opponents, racketeering, vigilantism, extortion of matatu (taxi) businesses, forcible circumcision of women) has for obvious reasons been condemned in the press as unnecessarily brutal and savage.