Martha Karua, a co-principal of the Azimio la Umoja coalition, alleges that the recent abduction of former Mungiki leader Maina Njenga was orchestrated by the Special Service Unit (SSU).
Furthermore, she contends that this unit has set its sights on former President Uhuru Kenyatta due to his support for the opposition coalition.
Karua made the remarks during a press conference. She said that the SSU was a rogue police unit that had been used to harass and kill Kenyans during demonstrations in the past. She said that the unit was now being used politically to intimidate and silence opposition voices.
“We have seen Uhuru and Maina Njenga targeted, and next it could be any of us,” Karua said. “Uhuru has been under constant surveillance and harassment by the SSU since he joined Azimio. He has been denied security and access to his official residence. He has also been threatened with arrest and prosecution for alleged corruption and crimes against humanity.”
Karua said that Maina Njenga was also a victim of the SSU’s brutality. She said that Njenga was abducted from his Kiambu home on Saturday night by armed men who did not identify themselves or state the reason for his arrest.
According to reports, Njenga was blindfolded and taken to an unknown location, where he was held for 24 hours in a dark room. He was later dumped in Limuru, where he was given Ksh2,000 as fare to go home.
She said that Njenga was scheduled to appear in court on Monday for a pre-trial hearing of his case, where he is charged with being in possession of crude weapons.
Karua called for an independent investigation into the abduction and the alleged involvement of the police. She said that Azimio would not be cowed by the state-sponsored terror and would continue to fight for justice and democracy in Kenya.