Monday, March 10, 2008

Siasa Duni Exclusive: Confessions of a PNU insider (Guest Post)

Author Anonymous: for his safety

Kenyans should thank God for what they never knew or don’t know. I have been introduced into this site by a colleague who blogs here often and I have a story to share. I'm an officer with the administration police based at the Coast now but was in Rift Valley until few weeks ago and will not divulge my rank here for anonymity purposes. I have anonymously written to various international and local organizations about what i saw but many have been either skeptical or afraid to act. Anonymously, because in my line of duty, the reality of dying by a dirty colleague's riffle is closer than that of natural death. I am from one of the GEMA sub-tribes.

I have a lot of information I'd like to share but for now, I will only use such forums to say what I know. Yes, it's true that Mungiki were called in to revenge and the plan was to consequently use it as a tactic to maim or kill Ruto, Nyong'o and Sirma. The plan was met with a lot of resistance and squabbles between Vigilance House and State House almost got ugly until some rouge senior officers in Nairobi decided to let the Mungiki out for a field day at Naivasha and Nakuru.

It became apparent that when members of the Kalenjin and some moderate Maasai heard that the Mungiki were on a revenge attack, the Kalenjin, who are way superior and tactful in bush combat, decided to meet them at Rongai and Molo and that is when the Mungiki lords called Muranga for reinforcements. The police were told to sit back and come in when the objective was complete. The infighting that pitted the organisers saw some hasty decision to send a lorry full of Mungiki youths to Burnt Forest with GK escort to meet the raiders, but the whole lot of them, 43 in number, were met with heavy resistance and the last one of them died two hours later. It was devastating.The lorry was burnt and the two riffles the gang had were stolen by the attackers.

This was never reported in the Press. I remember we were dispatched to the scene three hours later yet we were in a post nine kilometers away. Three local press members took pictures and interviewed witnesses who recounted every thing they saw, we never heard of it in any news. When Nairobi heard that the Mungiki strategy could not work in Rift Valley and parts of Nyanza, that is when State House decided to recall them by pretending to carry out arrests.

I know, we were there. Ladies and gentlemen, some of us uphold the oath we took to protect the sanctity of life and maintain law and order. I love my job and actually it has enabled me propel my family’s financial status, but some things that go on within the corridors of power have impacted negatively on the spirit of the force. Unnecessary civilian interference threaten to kill the force entirely as we are already witnessing rifts between the regular police and the AP.

A fact that many do not wish to admit is that, more than 2,000 people died and 65% were in the hands of police. More than 34 police officers lost their lives to fellow officers who found them a stumbling block to the executive order to kill rebels within the citizenry. 15 officers were killed by civilian attackers. In places like Kericho and Eldoret, we were given shoot to kill orders and those officers who defied or reluctantly obeyed were shot in the back by colleagues in the line of duty, to stem rebellion within the force.

Moreover, many Mungiki were killed, but instruction prevented the police and media from auditing the death tolls. Something the minders underestimated was the fact that not everyone fear the Mungiki. Some tribes, especially the Nilotic ones, are hardened warmongers who rustle cattle on a daily basis. These Kalenjins and Samburus do not fear the Mungiki, and are adapted to rugged terrain and are very tactical. The Mungiki are only relevant in towns and small communities, but outside their territories, they need police escort, as the only thing they use are pangas and guns. It never scares away the morans of Kipsigis, Nandi, Samburu and Maasai. A full-scale war was about to break and since the casualties were the unprepared Kikuyus, then Kibaki would have tried to use the police who were already squabbling. It was really bad.

A friend told me sometime in January that Mungiki old guard had made a deal with State House to release Maina Njenga, the son of the founder of the sect on condition of cooperation. But there is a section of Kibaki’s old guard who feel that the Mungiki are bad for there business and have been against the sect for years now, and these are the ones organizing a total wipe-out of the sect. Now with the peace pact, many Mungiki die-hards are not pleased with Kibaki as it now seems that the section against Mungiki have won the round. With Raila as Prime Minister, many of them fear that the deal with Mungiki over Maina Njenga will not be honoured.

The sect was meant to kill some MPs, journalists, Human rights activists and various personalities from the Agikuyu who refused to ride with them. I am one of them, but like Githgongo and Kiai, I have refused to let evil be. I may not be brave or rich enough to hold press conferences from London, but I believe that through forums such as this, I can share my bit. There are many other officers willing to share their insights, and what you will find out will really confirm that our "president" had become desperate and resorted to taking advice from criminals. When he was left to decide on his own, he chose to work with Raila. Kibaki should not worry about ODM; he should worry about his friends.


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