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Coast leaders want MRC given amnesty

03 September 2013, 12:38 John Kioko

Mombasa - Coast leaders have pleaded with the government to forgive and allow MRC members arrested to walk free since the issue of land is being addressed.

The leaders said land problem in Kwale and the entire coast region was one of the issues raised by MRC group and since the government has started solving it the arrested youths should be allowed to participate in developments.

Kenya Muslims National Advisory Council Chairman, Sheikh Juma Ngao, also asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to consider coast people in appointments of ambassadors so that everyone can participate in development without being sidelined.

“Pwani Si Kenya slogan was derived from the fact that there were no appointments from Coast region and so youths were wondering are we not part of Kenya? Since land is now being given to them no more problem. What we ask is consideration in national appointments,” he said.

Ngao was addressing residents at Baraza Park in Kwale on Monday where President Uhuru Kenyatta distributed 14,000 title deeds to residents.

“Many of the MRC youths are still behind bars but because you have started healing the historical problem which they were fighting for please give orders for them too be released and join us for developments,” said LungaLunga MP Khatib Mwashetani.

Nairobi senator Mike Mbuvi Sonko, who stood as surety for 25 of the MRC youths asked the government to forgive them.

He said one of the controversial Waitiki land in Likoni, the government is planning to buy it and allow locals to live without being evicted.

President Uhuru Kenyatta said the exercise of distributing title deeds to locals is aimed at empowering youths.

He said fighting and causing chaos will not help locals asking MRC members to work with the government for betterment of the region and the country at large.

“I am ready to work with you and assist to ensure you develop yourselves so we urge all the youths in this area to count our support,” he assured.

The president however warned MRC members who will found causing chaos that they will be dealt with decisively since the government is always alert.

“If you don’t cooperate with us so that we can work together to build the country be assured you will be dealt with accordingly,” he warned.

President Kenyatta said national appointments will be given to all Kenyans without favor of tribe, political affiliation and region stating that it is right for everyone to fully participate in the government regardless to who they voted for.

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