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Leaders arrested in suspcted MRC attacks

26 March 2012, 17:27 Alloys Musyoka

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Three people connected to the Saturday attack on police officers and IEBC officials at St. Andrews primary school polling station were arrested over the weekend and released on police bond of 0.5 million each.

The three Sheikh  Juma Athman Bega, Sheikh Ali Idris and Sheikh Siraj Salim told journalist at Malindi bus park that they were arrested on Saturday for being suspected to have participated in the attacks at the polling station when they boarded a Matatu back to Mombasa.

According to them, they had been in Malindi as Observers of the Mock Election which had already kicked off and decided to go back in Mombasa as their junior officers were left behind to monitor the election before they were arrested.

“We were arrested here few hours after suspected members of Mombasa Republican Council group attacked St. Andrews primary school polling station and injured some police officers before they disarmed one officer of his loaded G3 riffle,” they complained.

After the arrest, they said that they were held at Malindi police station to Sunday before they were released onpolice bond of 0.5 each.

They went further to add that they were told to report to Mombasa District Criminal Investigation Officer on Tuesday.

“We are being suspected to be MRC members which to us is wrong. The government should know that not all people in(Kanzu) are members of the outlawed Mombasa Republican council,” they noted.

However there was conflicting information from Malindi Police Boss Mr. Kiprono Lang‘at who said there were no arrests so far though the three told journalists that they were arrested.

Mr. Abdullah Charawe, a Commissioner with Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission condemned the attackers but said the Mock election was conducted peacefully in other areas of Malindi.

“Despite a single incident where rowdy youths attacked officers and disrupted voting activities at one polling station other areas of Malindi voting went on well,” he noted.

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