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Monday, 19 November, 2001, 09:22 GMT
Kenyan clampdown on Mungiki sect

Police in Kenya have warned members of the Mungiki traditional religious sect to stop interfering with public transport vehicles, or matatus, following the arrest of more than 200 followers in Nairobi on Saturday.

The arrests follow what police called inflammatory statements made by a national leader of the group, Ibrahim Ndura Waruinge.

He'd threatened to blockade all matatu routes in the country unless the group was given part of the business.

Earlier this year there were a series of clashes between matatu-operators and some street urchins believed to be influenced by the Mungiki group. Correspondents say fights over the matatu routes are nothing new in Kenya.

Many routes into the city centre are run by cartels said to have the backing of senior police officers.

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