13 October 2012

Kenya: MP Accuses Govt of Harassing Mombasa Republican Council Members

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Nairobi — Nominated Member of Parliament Sheikh Dor on Saturday accused the government for what he termed "harassment" on members of the Mombasa Republican Council (MRC).

Dor said instead of cracking down on the group, the government should invite them for dialogue so as to find a lasting working relationship, arguing that the group is legal.

The MP made the remarks, despite a cabinet directive issued on Thursday for security agencies to track down and prosecute MRC members and their leaders who have been accused of being behind a spate of criminal incidents in Mombasa.

On Friday, CID Director Ndegwa Muhoro announced that detectives were investigating some members of parliament and businessmen who support or have links with the group.

"There are several members of parliament we are investigating. We are also looking for businessmen who are working with the group and even funding them," Muhoro told Capital FM News, although he did not name those under investigation.

Muhoro was in Mombasa at the weekend leading a team of investigators in strategizing on how to tackle the MRC menace after President Mwai Kibaki directed them to tame the group.

Already, some leaders of the criminal group have been arrested and prosecuted for inciting coast residents to cesede from the rest of the country.

Among those prosecuted is MRC Spokesman Rashid Mraja who was charged with being in possession of materials advocating for the secession of the Coast province from the rest of the country.

Mraja was also charged for in possession of T-shirts and pamphlets advocating for secession.

He was set free on a Sh 2 million bond and his case fixed for hearing on October 30.

Internal Security Minister Katoo Ole Metito has instructed law enforcers to tame the group and ensure it does not disrupt national examinations due next week.

Police are racing against time to fight the group ahead of the March 4 general election which they have vowed to disrupt.

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