The Star (Nairobi)

17 October 2012

Kenya: Chief Murdered by MRC Gang Buried

The chief who was killed in Kwale by suspected members of the Mombasa Republican Council was buried yesterday. Police asked the residents of Komabi where Salim Changu was killed to provide information to the police on who might be responsible for the murder.

The chief was murdered shortly after a police crackdown on the MRC members.

Police said the villagers must know the attackers.

Internal Security minister Katoo ole Metito has sternly warned MRC members that the state will not tolerate their illegal activities.

Metito also told coastal leaders to tow the line and support the ongoing government's peace initiatives in the region to restore law and order.

There are reports that a section of Coast MPs and businessmen are under investigation police radar for allegedly funding the secession agenda.

During the burial of the chief, more than 200 GSU and regular police officers provided security to avert. During the crackdown, MRC chairman Omar Mwamnuadzi and his supporters were arrested.

The Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya and Muslims for Human Rights condemned the killing of the chief. They however accused the police of "excessive force" during the raid.

Coast PC Samuel Kilele said the government will take stern action against any group engaged in illegal activities. "No one will be allowed to kill. The government will never allow for secession. If MRC is calling for that, they are lying to themselves," Kilele said.

"People should focus on development and look forward to the county governments which will address some of the problems Kenyans face." He called for the strengthening of community policing.

County commissioner Evans Achoki urged the residents not to avenge the killing of the chief. He said the killers of the chief must be brought to book.

"We are asking for calm, no revenge should be conducted, and business should continue as usual. There is no need of closing your shops and shifting from this area since there is peace," said Achoki. He said the government has provided security to ensure the national examinations are not interrupted.

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