Former Mungiki leader Maina Njenga and eleven other individuals are currently standing trial at the Nakuru law courts, facing charges related to their alleged involvement in an outlawed group, as well as other offences.
The charges come following an intensive investigation by detectives based in Nakuru County, who were searching for Njenga in connection with the discovery of illegal firearms and a significant quantity of marijuana.
The arrest of Njenga and his co-accused was the culmination of a raid conducted at Ngomongo village in Dundori ward, where officers discovered two firearms and over 90 rolls of bhang at a residence believed to be linked to Njenga.
In addition to the illicit substances, three rounds of 9mm blank ammunition were found concealed in one of the rooms.
The recovered firearms were described as a homemade pistol capable of discharging projectiles and a Tokarev handgun.
Alarmingly, the serial number of the Tokarev had been intentionally defaced, potentially indicating an attempt to conceal its origin or ownership.
This discovery raises concerns about the potential involvement of Njenga and his associates in illegal activities and poses a significant threat to public safety.
The suspects, aged between 37 and 54, were apprehended at the scene of the raid and subsequently brought before the courts.
The charges they currently face include being members of an outlawed group, possession of illegal firearms, possession of narcotics, and tampering with firearm identification marks. If found guilty, they could face severe penalties under the law.
Njenga, formerly a prominent figure in the infamous Mungiki movement, was believed to have renounced his ties with the group and engaged in efforts to promote peace and reconciliation.
However, this recent development has cast a shadow over his purported transformation and has reignited concerns about the resurgence of criminal activities associated with the outlawed group.