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Listen and resolve grievances by illegal groups, govt urged

11 June 2012, 11:27 Alloys Musyoka

The government has been asked to haste in coming up with mechanism to solve the issues raised by different illegal groupings across the country before forthcoming general election.

Paul Muite said the government has an important role to play in making sure the group's issues are solved earlier since they threaten security of the country.

“The group like Mombasa republican council MRC is agitating for genuine matters which pasts government have lent them a deaf ear.

They are raising issues of historical, economical and social injustices which the Colonial government, Kenyatta, Moi, Kibaki and the current coalition government have not solved,” he noted.

Other outlawed groups are Mungiki and  Chinkororo among many others across the country with recently  reports indicating that Mungiki was regrouping to come out in full force.

Addressing journalists in Malindi, Muite expressed the need for the government to open dialogue with the groups which he noted should not be underrated and especially these times when the country prepares to hold general election in order to avoid what happened in 2007-2008.

He said use of forces and brutality to stop the groups from raising their issues can not solve the problem but only polarizes the country.

The government, Muite added should be focusing In knowing the route problem of the emergence of outlawed group across the country.

“We know the government has all machinery's and powers to fight but weapons will not solve issues raised by such groups, they must be addressed appropriately to avoid chaos,” he said.

Muite went further to add that there is probability of the country breaking to violence if the government fails to address issues raised by the outlawed groups.

“Everyone can see our political arena and emergence of these illegal groups threaten security of the country and this give a big probability of chaos if the government fails to have dialogue with such groupings,” he asserted.

He said issues of historical injustices of land, youth’s unemployment and unequal distribution of national cake among others are some of the matters raised by MRC which are genuine.

However Muite said issue of secession raised by members of Mombasa Republican Council should not be tolerated as that can cause division of Kenyans on boundaries lines.

“Though MRC are raising genuine issues but their call for secession of Coast region from Kenya is uncalled and should not be tolerated since we voted for the new constitution which houses Kenyan as one country,” he noted.

He said those who are out to divide Kenyans on tribal, racial, social and economical lines should not be tolerated.

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