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Vol 51 No 14

Published 9th July 2010


Kenya

Mungiki’s new man

Maina Njenga’s evolution from gang leader to born-again Christian to aspiring candidate highlights the breakdown of Kenyan politics

The once unthinkable has happened: Maina Njenga, the much-feared leader of Kenya’s Mungiki militia, is carving out a new career as a mainstream politician. After his release from gaol in October 2009, Nkenga renounced violence, became a born-again Christian and is now a stalwart campaigner for Kenyans to vote in favour of the proposed new constitution in the referendum on 4 August.

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