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MRC says no to county administrators

24 April 2013, 15:37 Alloys Musyoka

Kilifi county assembly members are living in fear after MRC threatened them.

Mwarakaya Ward representative in Kilifi South constituency Doctor Silus Mzungu Chitibwi said that ward representatives in the area are insecure after receiving death threats from the group.

Addressing Muslim for Human Rights (MHR) group officials in Malindi, Doctor Chitibwi said some of them do not sleep at their homes for fear of attacks by the criminal gang.

He said that they got intelligence information that the group was targeting to eliminate them, creating tension and fear among them.

"In my area, chiefs, village elders and some provincial administrators have not been spending their nights at home for the last one week because of fear," he lamented.

Chitibwi urged the group to organise for a meeting with the secessionist group to discuss the way forward and come up with a lasting solution to their predicament.

He said the issue has forced them to remain in their hideouts, noting that it will be impossible for them to serve their people.

Chitibwi revealed that the area district officer had vacated his office because of the threats leaving for Kilifi town, making it hard for him to serve the locals.

They want the government to intervene and assure them of their security as they discharge their duties.

He recalled a recent incident where the group attacked people on the eve of the election day causing death of innocent people.

Doctor Chitibwi said that the government should investigate and arrest those behind insecurity incidents in the area to ensure that locals are protected.

On her side, Getrude Mbeyu, Kibarani ward representative, proposed that the government should provide them with security guards.

She warned that other criminal gangs may take advantage of the threats by the secessionist group to commit criminal acts in the area, urging the government to act quickly to curb the same.

The human rights group said that they had communicated with the group leaders and agreed to meet so they can address their grievances.

Muhuri CEO Hussein Khalid however called on the government to work with county representatives to step up security in the region.

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