The Star (Nairobi)

8 November 2012

Kenya: MRC Youth Shouts Down Lawmaker Over Deal

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Mombasa Republican Council members yesterday heckled Makadara MP Mike Sonko. The group accused Sonko of being used by the state to arm-twist their leaders into abandoning the secession agenda.

The MP had come out of a court session where MRC official Salim Hamisi Mlamba was charged with being a member of an unlawful society.

The group, mostly youth, were angered by a report in some newspapers that Mwamnwadzi and other MRC leaders in jail have declared that 'Pwani ni Kenya' (Coast is part of Kenya).

MRC chairman Omar Mwamnwadzi's son Rama Hamisi was among the crowd. They wanted Sonko to withdraw the agreement made with the MRC leadership which will see them preach peace for the next five years.

"If he is genuine, he would not set any conditions for their release on bond," said a member of the group. Sonko sought refuge in the court. However, Rama later apologised to the MP on behalf of the group.

Sonko denied their allegation saying he has been a victim of the state having spent many nights in jail. "I'm afraid that is not possible. If I withdraw the peace agreement then I will achieve nothing in securing their release. Peace is the most important thing at the Coast and in Kenya," said Sonko.

Mlamba, MRC elders' council secretary, was arrested on yesterday morning in a raid on a house at Vanga in Kwale. He has been on the police wanted list alongside three other top officials still at large.

So far, five of the eight MRC leaders wanted by police have been arrested. They include Mwamnwadzi, secretary general Randu Nzai, spokesman Rashid Mraja, treasurer Omar Babu alias Bambam who is out on bond, and Mlamba.

"We are also hunting three others; Nyae Ngao, Robert Charo, Salim Ali Goga, for failing to appear in court to answer to charges of being members of an unlawful society," said Coast CID boss Ambrose Munyasia.

Mlamba was released on surety of bond of Sh1 million. His case will be mentioned on November 12. The court dismissed an application by his lawyer Anania Mwaboza to have his bail reduced.

"I cannot rule contrary to a previous court ruling on bond where other leaders were bailed on similar amount," said principal magistrate Joyce Gandani.

Detectives tasked to investigate MRC financers have completed analysing evidence and handed over their report to senior police officers.

The Star has established that the report demands the arrest of ministers, MPs and business tycoons in Mombasa. The detectives are also investigating a former Kisauni MP.

"The former MP has been vocal in supporting their grievances and possibly funds them. We are investigating him but will not divulge more on the case," stated Munyasia.

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