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Coastal attacks politically instigated, RV Elders claim

08 July 2014, 21:32 Chepkwony Robert

Nakuru - The Rift Valley Council of Elders have thrown their support behind the government’s stand that the attacks in the coastal region are politically instigated.

Through its spokesperson Gilbert Kabage, the council says the same happened in Turkana when oil was discovered.

“We saw what transpired in Turkana when local community raised issues touching on land. The same thing is happening in the coastal region, owing to the government’s Lamu port project and presence of gas mineral,” said Kabage.

The council questioned why the Mpeketoni attack that left over 60 people dead happened immediately after the Coalition for Reform and Democracy (CORD)’s rally in Tononoka, Mombasa.

With Al Shabaab terror group’s claims of responsibility, Kabage differs with that saying it is the coastal-based MRC that is responsible instead, adding that Al Shabaab hits and disappear.

The council has therefore called on the government to speed up plans to deploy KDF to Lamu to help police in flashing out the attackers, and welcomed the move to introduce a 6pm to 6am curfew.

On matters CORD’s Monday saba saba rally, Kabage said it had a hidden agenda of revolution that at the end became a total sham.

“CORD’s principals’ hidden agenda was revolution as witnessed in Libya and Egypt. They wanted to ensure that the meeting went until late and people refuse to leave Uhuru Park until the government bows to their call for dialogue,” added Kabage.

He says it was evident that the principals were unhappy at the low crowd turn out which led them to make hasty resolutions, with Kabage saying opposition should read from Monday’s event that Kenyans are tired of rhetoric agendas.

On CORD’s push for government to withdraw its KDF officers from Somalia, Kabage said the officers are neither under UN nor Kenya, but under AMISOM.

“Raila served in Moi and Kibaki regimes as Minister for Roads and Prime Minister respectively. What change would he bring if the only thing he did as minister was to demolish houses and never building roads? He is the one who sat together with his co-principal Kibaki before sending troops to Somalia, why didn’t he oppose then?” questions Kabage.

The council further appealed to Rift Valley residents to maintain calm as witnessed on Monday despite alleged prior to the rally in parts of Naivasha.

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