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Government sends out strong message to MRC

31 December 2013, 12:41 Victor Tinto

Mombasa - The government has sent a strong message regarding radicalism at the Coast, a barb aimed at the burgeoning Mombasa Republican Council MRC.

Depute President William Ruto said yesterday that the government will not tolerate radicalism anywhere in the country and especially where it affects the safety of Kenyans.

Ruto urged Mombasa county leadership lead by governer Ali Hassan Joho to seek amicable solutions to the MRC issue but cautioned that the government will not be cowed into negotiations with illegal groups.

" The government will not tolerate radicalism in Mombasa or anywhere in the country at all. There are constitutional systems of leadership and Kenyans have voted for them, he said.

" I have spoken to honourable Joho and the Mombasa County leadership and they will seek ways to deal with the matter but we will not tolerate illegal groups, he added.

The MRC has caused concern at the Coast in the last couple of years with its calls for  the breakaway of Mombasa from the rest of the country.

They have not been afraid to use force to push their agenda and Joho agreed with Ruto that there is only so much in terms of negotiation that can be done by the government.

" I was elected by the people of Mombasa to take care of their interests and that is all I will do. We will simply not allow the safety of citizens to deteriorate as we look on, he said.

The MRC has been on the forefront of anti-government campaigns and has caused the death of a number of law enforcing agents as well as innocent Kenyans in the last few years.

- News24

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