CJ, DPP urged to visit Coast and listen to locals' grievances
05 April 2012, 11:07
A political activist has called on the Chief Justice Willy Mutunga, Director of public prosecution Keriako Tobiko and the Permanent Secretary in the ministry of state of provincial administration and internal security Francis Kimemia to visit Coast province in person and listen to residents problems.
Stanley Livondo said by listening to local’s problems the three government officials will know the root problem of the outlawed Mombasa Republican Council group which is advocating for secession by Coast residents.
Addressing journalists in Malindi over the weekend after attending a countrywide Inter party Youths Conference held at one of Malindi's Hotel, Livondo said there have been laxity in security as well as rot in the courts in Coast province attributing it as the root cause of emergency of the outlawed groups.
“If the locals’ cases can be dragged for years because their respondents are tycoons and yet their lands are being grabbed, locals are arrested sometimes for no reasons and even send behind bars. If government is the one mistreating them then that why they decided to distance themselves from Kenya,” he noted.
He urged Mutunga and Tobiko to investigate the courts in the Coast province noting that there are some cases which have taken long to be heard yet are very sensitive as they involves business, lands and investors.
The political activist said they should form a task force to investigate issues raised by locals in the area since many of locals’ cases have not been heard simply because their respondents are tycoons who are alleged to have been compromising court officials stressing locals for long.
Livondo also called on the Kimemia to investigate police stations and especially Diani in South Coast and Watamu in North Coast saying they are mostly misused by tycoons and some government officials to victimized innocent Kenyans and locals demanding for their rights.
“We may blame MRC but the most important thing is why are they arising now and not before? Government officers working together with tycoons have grabbed local’s lands, denied local’s constitutional rights among other things and that why they are now raising concerns,” said Livondo.
Instead of dismissing MRC, he said the government should know what they are out for by listening to them noting that MRC members are all Kenyans and that they have their constitutional rights to be heard.
He condemned the recent IEBC and police attacks at St. Andrews polling station during a Mock election by suspected MRC members as well as the twin grenade attacks in Mombasa on Saturday evening.
However Livondo condemned some individuals who have taken advantage of the outlawed MRC to spark violence in the Coast region saying the government should arrest them.
“Mombasa Republican Council Group may be out to unite Coast residents but some individuals are out to divide them instead and so these are the people who should not be tolerated. That why I urge the three government officials to visit the Coast in person and form a tax forces to investigate issues raised by Coast people,” he asserted.
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