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Teacher linked to MRC arrested

05 April 2013, 17:19 Alloys Musyoka

A primary school teacher at Magarini district in Kilifi County has been arrested by detectives for allegedly participating in recent attacks where two police officers died and six suspected MRC members gunned down.

According to Police sources the teacher at Kibokoni primary school was arrested r at the school compound.

Malindi and Magarini Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Secretary General Fredric Nguma and other officials intervened before the teacher was freed.

Nguma said that their client was arrested at school following suspicions that he was among those who engaged police in a shoot out behind Malindi police station recently.

The KNUT officials lamented that the security officers were misled by some people who might have had a grudge with the teacher.

Nguma said that the officers who went to arrest the teacher should have done thorough investigations first.

"Our teacher was a caught in case of mistaken identity because he did not participate and is not even a member of the MRC group," noted Nguma.

Nguma said the teacher was interrogated by detectives for hours and later released after their intervention.

He said that such issues are weighty and very sensitive and can lead to prosecution of innocent people if investigations are not done properly.

"When we learnt that the teacher was arrested and taken to Malindi police station, we went there and found him being interrogated. Our efforts to intervene yielded fruits as he was released," posed the KNUT officer.

However, Malindi district commissioner Joshua Nkanatha dismissed the claims by the KNUT officer that the teacher was mistakenly arrested, saying that anybody suspected to be linked with any criminal group regardless of his position will face the law.

Nkanatha said the war to eradicate MRC elements in the region does not target a certain group of people.

"Whoever is suspected of being linked to the group, regardless of his position in the government, will be arrested," said the DC.

He said the fight against the group will continue in the area for the sake of the security of people who live there. He also urged youths to shun groups which will only ruin their lives.

Nkanatha said that a contingent of GSU officers and administration officers are still tracing members of the MRC who attacked Casino and attempted to attack Malindi police station, recently killing two officers on the spot and injuring the deputy police chief.

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