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Mombasa lobby group accused of incitement

11 November 2014, 13:21 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - Mombasa County Commissioner, Nelson Marwa has accused Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI) of undermining security of Mombasa County.

Marwa said that Muhuri is suspected to be sponsoring criminal activities conducted by Mombasa youth.

"Muhuri should shape up or ship out. We cannot have a rights group inciting Kenyans; they should use that money to empower the youth," said Marwa.

Addressing the press in his office, Marwa said the government will not tolerate the increased insecurity in the County.

He condemned the Sunday attacks and urged parents to be more vigilant with their children.

He said that criminals are hiring young people to terrorise people using machetes.

"It has been noted that youths between the age of 16 and 26 are being hired by goons to wreak havoc in the town. These young boys are the ones attacking people with pangas and knives,” he observed.

Marwa further noted that police are also investigating a group of youths that are hired to commit crime and terrorise people within Mombasa County.

His sentiments were echoed by Mombasa County Commander, Robert Kitur.

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Kitur said the police are currently conducting raids to flush out drug barons and radical youth who have been accused of taking over mosques.

He urged Muslim leaders to help the government flush out the radical youths from the mosques.

“We request the umbrella body of the Muslim community to assist us identify the radicals,” said Kitur.

Kitur also confirmed that police are holding three people suspected to have been involved in the attack if the Nyali barracks in October.

"We are holding three in custody and we will charge them in court after 13 days. At the moment, police are going on with the investigations," said Kitur.

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