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Government seeks 14 day custody of Lamu Governor Timamy

26 June 2014, 18:13 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The government is seeking orders to keep hold of Lamu Governor Issa Timamy for 14 days to continue with investigations over allegations of causing the deaths of over 70 people.

The government, through the office of the Director of the Public Prosecutions DPP said in a Mombasa Court Thursday, that it needs time to look into the matter, thus the request to hold on to the Governor.

The Governor has thus been remanded at the Port Police Station until Monday when his bail application will be heard.

Timamy is accused of being a major part of the attacks at the coast which have seen over 70 people killed and many others injured.

The prosecution has charged him with terrorism, murder and forceful eviction of people.

He has so far denied the charges.

The government has been accused by Timamy's party UDF of mishandling the situation saying that the move to arrest him is ill timed and unlawful.

Party leader Musalia Mudavadi has also insisted that the government risks making a mess of the situation by arresting Timamy and failing to prove the accusations.

" We condemn this inhuman treatment of a senior official in the country who did not resist arrest, was not armed and posed no immediate threat. Police have the power to arrest but must do so with civility. The arrest of the governor raises a constitutional issue which amounts to the National Government unconstitutionally overthrowing the devolved county government of Lamu,” he said.

Mudavadi claims that Timamy was duped into a meeting with the police before he was arrested and bundled into a police vehicle.

The Council of Governors too have lamented the arrest, terming it regrettable.

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