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UK will not intervene in MRC issue

17 February 2012, 10:17 Alloys Musyoka

The British Interim High Commissioner in Kenya Peter Tibber has said on Thursday that the security issues in the Coast region is a concern to everybody; especially for tourists visiting the area.

Tibber was speaking during a meeting in Malindi, as he met with civil societies, community representatives among others, as part of his two to three months tour around the country.
During the meeting various issues affecting the community such as drugs, land problems, economy, Mombasa Republican Council (MRC) and secession and youth unemployment among others were raised.

Tibber however steered clear of the MRC topic when interviewed by scribes after the meeting, saying they were the country’s internal issues which can only be tackled by the Kenya itself.

Speaking during the meeting, Tibber said he was just meeting the communities in Coast region and noting their problems which he will discuss later with the Kenyan government and seek the way forward.

“We are just collecting issues affecting communities here in Coast region; but you see issues of MRC and secession are the country’s internal affairs which a foreign country is not allowed to interfere with,” he said.

Muslim for Human Rights Chief Executive Hussein Khalid, who had accompanied the envoy said they were informing the British government through the British Interim High Commissioner, so that Coast people can be helped to get their rights.

peter tibber, hussein Khalid
UK Interim High Comm. Peter Tibber and MUHURI CEO Hussein Khalid at Sea View Resort

“We are taking him around so that he can hear what Coast people are fighting for and we hope through his government, they will be able to help Coast people since the government has been dragging to resolve the issues MRCs are raising,” he quipped.

Khalid went on to add that MRC wanted the British government through the commissioner to confirm if they had an idea of the agreement which stated that after 50 years Coast province being under Kenyan government can decide to secede if it feels unsatisfied with the Kenyan government rule.

On his side the MRC Chairman in Malindi district Ibrahim Katana Kazungu dismissed claims that the group is planning to send away certain tribes from the Coast region when they succeed with secession.

He said those were just rumours, stating that a government cannot be run by one individual since everybody in the region was important for economic development reasons.

“We are not planning to flush anybody out of Coast as it has been claimed, since everyone will be needed for economic development. There will be interaction between countries and already we have interacted with many people through marriage here in Coast,” he added.

Katana however said the government has been unable to confirm illegality of the group.

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