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News Watch: Kenya's Njenga Building New Denomination With Mungiki Youth

One of the most interesting religion stories to watch right now in Africa is how Kenya's Maina Njenga, former leader of the notorious Mungiki, is regrouping and rebranding his claimed 6 million followers from a youth gang known for violence and extortion into a church movement.

In a rare interview, Njenga explains the intention behind his recent actions here. In September he made a public departure from high-profile Jesus Is Alive Ministries after its leader, Margaret Wanjiru, opposed Kenya's new constitution. From Nairobi, CT covered the violence, accusations, and aftermath of the recent constitution debate.

CT covered Njenga's December 2009 conversion in this dispatch from Nairobi. Previous CT coverage of religion in Kenya can be found here.

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