Panga-wielding gang attacks two in Nakuru sparking fears of Mungiki killings

Two teenagers sustained deep head and hand cuts in an attack by a panga-wielding gang in Nakuru Town East on Wednesday.


One of the victims of a panga attack in Flamingo estate, Nakuru Town East, March 2, 2016. Photo/RITA DAMARY

Geoffrey Mungai, 16, and 17-year-old Kenneth Mukangare were on their way home at about 6.30pm when they were attacked in Flamingo estate.

The attack comes barely three weeks after leaflets of impending attacks by suspected Mungiki sect members were circulated in Lakeview estate, which neighbours Flamingo.

“I saw a gang of more than 25 men with pangas,” Mukangare said adding he raised the alarm.

The two said the gang members did not ask for anything and seemed to have been on a crime spree.

A medic at St Elizabeth Medical Centre in Langalanga estate said the victims were bleeding heavily when they were admitted.

They received blood and their cuts were stitched, the medic said, adding they were out of danger.

Police said the gang may have been from one of the neighbouring estates. They said they launched investigations and will ensure culprits are punished.

Administration Police officers found a panga and arrested two suspects who are being held at Bondeni police station. Officer Barnabas Kimutai said they will be interrogated and arraigned in court.

Another gang of about 20 men armed with crude weapons set out for a retaliatory attack in Rhonda.

An AP officer among those pursuing them fell off a police Land Rover and suffered a forehead injury. He was taken to the medical centre.

The gang is said to have used motorcycles making the police pursuit difficult.

Security was heightened in the area, with heavy police presence in Rhonda, Langalanga, Flamingo, Kaloleni, Kivumbini and Lakeview estates.

Nakuru OCPD Musa Kongoli declined to give more details saying police are carrying out regular patrols.