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Title:Mungiki, 'neo-Mau Mau' & the prospects for democracy in Kenya
Author:Atieno, AwindaISNI
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:political violence
youth gangs
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/03056240701672783
Abstract:This paper deals with the Mungiki, an armed vigilante gang of destitute youths in Kenya, which began as a spiritual movement in the early 1990s in the Rift Valley. In the middle of the 1990s, Mungiki had moved to the Nairobi slums, and had become a dynamic player in the most important market in Nairobi's lawless areas: violence. Mungiki could be the new Mau Mau. The author examines this gang, based on fieldwork carried out amongst youth activists in Nairobi from 2004 to 2007, amongst others presenting fragments of the Sheng hip-hop poetry used by these youths to describe and come up with solutions to their desperate situation as the lowest economic class in Nairobi. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]