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Government vows to defend itself from MRC attack

05 April 2012, 12:46 Alloys Musyoka

The government will not continue tolerating the outlawed Mombasa Republican Council group activities, a government official has said.

Malindi District commissioner Joshua Nkanatha warned that the government will not be silent and watch the group snatching again fire arms from his officers.

He said the recent attacks by the suspected MRC members who disarmed one officer of his firearm in Malindi during IEBC Mock election and the Likoni incident where two officers were also disarmed of their fire arms and one officer murdered apart from Kaloleni incident where residents were roughed up when they attended Dc Baraza was alarming.

“In Mombasa two officers were disarmed of their fire arms, in Malindi recently one fire arm was also snatched from officer by the same people and that was not enough in Kaloleni they attempted to rough up officers but they were dispersed. The group have also in Kaloleni roughed up residents who were attending public DC Baraza and now you want the government to do what?” he asked.

Nkanathat said the series of events by the outlawed Mombasa Republican group members were enough evident to make the government to be alert to defend itself from the group’s attacks.

Speaking at a public Baraza on Tuesday at Kisumu Ndogo village in Malindi few weeks after administration police was disarmed of his G3 fire arms during IEBC Mock election at St. Andrew Poling station he DC assured residents that such incident will not happen in the district any more.

“We thought the group was willing to talk to the government but the way they are bringing out issues by snatching our riffles we can not hold on. The constitutions allow us to defend ourselves by the use of fire arms and so let them be informed we are alert,” stated.

He said the youths who attacked officer during the Mock election are well known and that they were armed assuring locals that with time they will be arrested and taken to court.

Nkanatha said those propagating that that there will be no election in the Coast province should stay at home and let those willing to vote saying the country was democratic one and not a dictatorial.

The DC also went on to add that Kenyans shares the same grievances of youths unemployment, land problems among other but warned that violence can not solve them but only dialogue.

“Issues of unemployment and land problems among others are all over the country but they can not be solved by sparkling violence and attacking each other r government officers. In fact some areas are even worse than Coast province and so only dialogue can solve these burning issues,” he noted.

He noted that everybody in the country was a Kenyan and so there is a need to accomodate each other.

The DC was accompanied by Malindi district Officer Josephine Njenga, Malindi deputy OCPD Samson Ogero and Barani ward counselor Ruwa Matho among other leaders.

He said that MRC may be having genuine problems but the mode of presenting them to the government is uncalled for and that it will not be tolerated.

The provincial administrator urged Malindi residents to be calm and give any information that could lead to arrest of the suspects who roughed up officers and made away with one fire arms during IEBC mock election in Malindi.

However local leaders in the area distanced themselves from the recent IEBC and police officers attack during the Mock election saying the attackers may have come from Mombasa.

They condemned the incident saying was only meant to mud Malindi residents reputation.

Barani ward counselor Ruwa Matho said the attackers were not Malindi youths assuring the administrators that youths in the area were not by any means connected to the outlawed group.

Mijomboni ward councilor Ngowa Msinda condemned the attackers and said Malindi [people were not involved during the formation of Mombasa Republican Council and saying that they will not accept to be involved with the group’s activities by any means.

“When they formed the group (MRC) Malindi people were not involved. How do we get in and lead to innocent youths being arrested because of their violent activities?” he asked.

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