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Lamu Governor did not kill his 'own people'

01 July 2014, 08:01 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Lamu Governor Issa Timamy says that there is no way he could have killed his own people and believes his release on bail signals the lack of evidence on the part of the police.

Timamy was released Monday morning by a Mombasa court after the prosecution failed to provide enough evidence to force the court to hold on to the governor for 14 days.

He was released after producing a cash bail of KES 5 million.

Prosecutors said they intend to charge Timamy with murder, forceful transfer of populations and terrorism related offences, over the killings in the Mpeketoni area of Lamu.

The governor, speaking after his release said that he was innocent and argued that if it was indeed true he had caused the clashes, he would not have been released.

" I am innocent and the police are clueless and looking for a scapegoat, he said.

" Let us be honest. If Indeed there was real evidence that I was guilty, they would have produced it in court and I would not have been released, he argued.

Police sources say though that investigations are ongoing over the matter and that they are onto some leads linking Timamy with the chaos.

" We have some leads which we are looking at. We are confident we will make headway in the case, a CID officer told News24.

Timamy though insists that he had not intention of killing his own people.

" Why would I kill my own people? You ask yourself. I will clear my name, he added.

The government has insisted that political motives are to blame for the violence that has so far seen close to 70 people killed in Lamu.

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