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MRC denies links with Al Shabaab

09 September 2014, 09:46 Harrison Mbungu

Mombasa - The Mombasa Republican Council (MRC) has denied claims by the Inspector General of Police, David Kimaiyo, that the sect has links with the Al Shabaab terrorists.

Kimaiyo Sunday alleged that some critical information from the police showed that the secessionist group had links with the Alshabaab, sparking criticism from the group.

The separatist group from the Coast however denied having a hand in the Lamu-Tana River clashes where over 100 people were killed by unknown gunmen as alleged by the IG.

Also Read:  Muslims blame Lamu attacks on land

According to Kimaiyo, the two groups have similar Taliban-styles where MRC was fighting for secession of the Coast from Kenya, while Al Shabaab sought to establish a Taliban state in Somalia.

MRC Secretary General, Randu Nzai has distanced MRC from the claims made by the Inspector General terming it as a way of escaping from his responsibilities.

“If Kimaiyo has evidence, let him come out clear and say so and so has been involved. MRC interacts with chiefs and the people; we don’t hide. So we don’t know who the Al Shabaab is,” claimed Randu.

This comes just two weeks before the commemoration of the Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi that left 69 people dead in September 2013.

The Mombasa Republican Council was formed in 1999 to address perceived political and economic discrimination against the people of the Coast Province.

“I think they have been defeated by Al Shabaab; that’s why they are coming after us. Let us be open here we have a court case pending to be heard in October and we are so peaceful,” Randu observed.

MRC had carried out a series of criminal activities in the Coastal region before the government intervened. Al Shabaab has also claimed responsibility of attacks that have rocked Kenya cities in the recent past.

Last week, US drones confirmed killing Al Shabaab co-founder, Ahmed Godana, in an air strike in Somalia. Godana is said to be the mastermind of the Westgate Mall attack.

The terror sect has now named Omar Ahmed Abu Ubaidah to replace their fallen leader, a move that has sparked fear of retaliatory attacks in the country and abroad.

Also Read:  Al Shabaab name new leader, warn of revenge

This comes few days after East Africa and Indian Ocean Countries agreed to pass a law to criminalize radicalization of youth as a way of fighting terror threats in the region.

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