Kenya outlaws opposition wing National Resistance Movement

Wednesday January 31 2018

Members of the Kenya opposition National Super Alliance (Nasa) resistance movement wing led by opposition leader Raila Odinga (in suit).

Members of the Kenya opposition National Super Alliance (Nasa) resistance movement wing led by opposition leader Raila Odinga (in suit). PHOTO | NATION 

By FRED MUKINDA
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Kenya has declared the opposition Nasa's National Resistance Movement (NRM) an organised criminal group after its officials sworn-in Raila Odinga in a mock inauguration Tuesday.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, in making the declaration, cited Prevention of Organised Crimes Act 2010.

“In exercise of the powers conferred by section 22 of the Act, the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Interior and Co-ordination of National Government declares National Resistance Movement (NRM) to be organised criminal group for the purposes of the Act,” read a gazette notice dated January 30.

NRM now joins a list that also includes terrorist groups like Al Shabaab and outlawed brutal tribal gang Mungiki.

NRM says it agitates, through non-violent resistance, for electoral reforms and boycott of products and services provided by companies deemed to be pro-government.

By gazetting, the public is warned against getting involved in activities of the proscribed groups, failure to which harsh penalties of up to Ksh1 million (about $10,000) are imposed including life imprisonment for those who do.

Previous security ministers have on occasions proscribed various groups.

Some outlawed groups in Kenya include:

1. Al-Shabaab

2. Amachuma

3. Angola Msumbiji

4. Banyamulenge

5. Baghdad Boys

6. Charo Shutu

7. Chinkororo

8. Coast Housing Land Network

9. Congo by Force

10. Dallas Muslim Youth

11. Forty Brothers

12. Forty-two Brothers

13. Jeshi la Embakasi

14. Jeshi la Mzee

15. Jeshi la King’ole

16. Japo Group

17. Kamjesh

18. Kamukunji Youth Group

19. Kaya Bombo Youth

20. Kenya Youth Alliance

21. Kosovo Boys

22. Kuzacha

23. Makande Army

24. Mombasa Republican Council

25. Mungiki Movement, Mungiki Organisation, Mungiki Sect

28. Republican Revolutionary Council

29. Sabaot Land Defence Force

30. Sakina Youth

31. Sungu Sungu

32. Siafu

33. Taliban