9 MRC members arrested during oath taking
04 February 2013, 12:49
Police officers in Malindi district have arrested nine youths suspected to be members of Mombasa Republican Council group who were allegedly found taking an oath at Dabaso village in Watamu.
The nine were in a group of over two hundred youths who had gathered in a nearby bush where they were said to have been taking an oath.
However, their mission aborted after police raided the area arresting the few who are being held at Malindi police station.
Sources said the group of youths had came from various areas within Malindi and Magarini districts in Kilifi county, most of whom are said to be boda boda operators in the region.
"Many of those youths who had gone to take the oath are motorcycle operators and that is why it was noticed quickly and police swung into action," sources said.
Some of the youths were found having marks on parts of their body, a clear indication that they were taking an oath.
A senior provincial administration officer who refused to be named also told the media that some paraphernalia were found alongside other things that are usually traditionally used to admit oaths.
Malindi police chief Kiprono Lang'at said the nine suspects will be taken to court once investigations are complete.
The officer added that other youths escaped police trap, noting that they were being pursued by his officers.
He said they are investigating if the youths and the oathing exercise have any connection with the sessionist group in Coast province.
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