Kenyan police say they are hunting for the former leader of the outlawed Mungiki gang, Maina Njenga, after seizing two firearms and cannabis from a home linked to him in western Nakuru county.
The items were recovered following a raid mounted by detectives in Ngomongo village last week, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) said in a statement on Monday.
The DCI has deployed a special team of detectives to find the politician whom they say has gone into hiding following the incident.
“The former Mungiki leader is wanted for questioning over recovery of bhang and firearms at a home linked to him. Any information on the whereabouts of the ex-Mungiki leader who has since gone into hiding maybe volunteered to the DCI,” read a statement by the DCI in part.
Eight suspected members of the Mungiki sect were arrested during the raid, police said.
Njenga was summoned to appear at police headquarters in Nakuru, but failed to do so and instead went into hiding, local media reported.
Corporal Eliud Misoi, a detective based in Nakuru, said the eight individuals who were arrested were suspected to be members of an organised criminal gang.
This comes a few weeks after Njenga’s homes in the capital, Nairobi, and in central Laikipia county were reportedly raided by security officers for unknown reasons.
The Mungiki is a secretive sect that was banned in 2002 after being accused of being involved in violence and organised crime.