The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Linturi Blasts High Court Ruling On MRC

Igembe South MP Mithika Linturi has criticised the ruling by the Mombasa High Court to enlist Mombasa Republican Council as a legal body saying the court failed to prioritise matters of national interest and security. Linturi said the court ruling may sabotage police crack down of proscribed groups in the country. Linturi was speaking in Kiguru Location, Igembe South, where he said the judiciary should have put the national interest first noting that the secession demands by the MRC should not be taken lightly. "We respect the independence of the judiciary. But when the courts are making any ruling, they should look at the country's interests. Kenya is a unitary and sovereign state. Any ruling should protect the interest of the bigger state and not a section of Kenyans," Linturi said.

He warned that the court has set a precedent which may give other proscribed groups grounds to advance their illegal activities in the country. "We fear that in another few months, our nation may experience a security threat. This poses a challenge to the police and I wonder how they will be able to deal with such groups," said Linturi.

He said leaders and courts should desist from creating obstacles for security officers in their attempt to deal with insecurity in the country. "The judges and MPs supporting the ruling do not understand the need for security in this country. If their security is withdrawn for a while, they may be able to understand what it means to live in a place where people feel insecure," he added.

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