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Government seeks postponement of Lamu Governor's case

16 July 2014, 14:25 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The government is seeking postponement of the case in which Lamu Governor Issa Timamy is accused of aiding violence that saw over 60 people killed in Mpeketoni.

The plea was presented Wednesday by government prosecutor Alex Muteti and will be put up for consideration before the court Thursday.

Muteti is seeking two months off to facilitate further investigation.

He says that there are leads investigators are following to put them in a good frame to prosecute Timamy, who is accused of of terrorism, murder and forceful transfer of population.

Timamy has denied the allegations, instead claiming that the accusations are politically motivated and has pledged to clear his name of all charges.

He insists that with the Al Shabaab claiming responsibility for the attack, the government is looking for someone to blame for the massacres taking place in the region for political gain. He has so far been backed by his party the United Democratic Front UDF and leader Musalia Mudavadi who says the accusations are baseless.

Timamy is currently on bail, having deposited KES 5 million to seek his freedom.

On Wednesday after the court was adjourned, Timamy was calm and collected about the case and urged his supporters to maintain peace whilst the case was ongoing.

" Please let us maintain peace at all times and ensure that we are our brothers keepers. Let us love one another and avoid violence, he told supporters gathered at the Mombasa Law Courts.

So far over 100 people have been killed in separate incidents within Lamu and in Tana River County. The Al Shabaab has claimed responsibility for most of the attacks but the government insists it is the work of the outlawed Mombasa Republican Council MRC.

The MRC has so far also denied playing a part in the violence.

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