On Monday, November 20, the trial of former Mungiki leader Maina Njenga commenced after a six-month wait, following the court’s rejection of his bid, along with 11 other suspects, to dismiss criminal charges against them. Maina Njenga’s in-law
The 12 defendants collectively face up to seven counts related to their association with the outlawed Mungiki sect. Maina Njenga faces additional charges, including allegations of involvement in organized crime and planning criminal activities, specifically tied to an incident at his residence in Wanyororo, Nakuru County, on May 12.
The much-anticipated trial took an unexpected turn when the first prosecution witness, Hannah Njoki, collapsed in the courtroom. As she entered the witness box, her demeanor suddenly changed, and she struggled for breath while taking the oath, expressing distress in Kikuyu and collapsing moments later.
Trial magistrate Kipkurui Kibelion adjourned proceedings for 15 minutes to assist Ms. Njoki. The prosecution then proceeded with Police Constable Eric Wainaina as the next witness.Hannah Njoki, Maina Njenga’s mother-in-law, was guided out for First Aid assistance.
Court officers revealed she hadn’t taken her medication and had not eaten that day. After receiving aid and food, she improved.
State counsel Wycliff Omwenga confirmed Njoki’s good condition, attributing her breathlessness to the crowded courtroom and panic. He clarified that she would testify on a later date, emphasizing her significance as a key witness in the case.
Here’s What Happened to Maina Njenga’s in-law after Collapsing in Court.