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We are not involved in ivory trade, MRC claims

08 June 2015, 08:13 Harrison Mbungu

Mombasa - Members of the Mombasa Republican Council (MRC) have denied any links to ivory trafficking business as alleged by the Interior cabinet secretary, Joseph Nkaisseri.

The members through their governing council have dismissed Nkaisseri’s sentiments that the group has been receiving funding from the illegal ivory trade, and called on the security boss to table evidence on the same.

Led by the MRC secretary general Randu Nzai, Treasurer Killian Chireri Munga and Coordinator Omar Faraj, the group is now calling for a dialogue with the head of state as it seeks to address historical injustices facing coastal people.

The group’s treasurer, Killian Chireri said MRC is a non-violent group that has no links with gangs and militias as claimed by government.

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“The government has been laying blame on us for nothing. We are a peaceful group which has been legally championing for the rights of coastal people. We want Nkaisseri to stop issuing statements that may put our lives in danger; we don’t know anything about Ivory trade,” added Randu.

“We have written severally to the President. We also wrote to the Inspector General and other top security organs seeking dialogue but our efforts have landed on deaf hears,” lamented Randu.

With MRC top brass optimistic that they will meet the President and lay their grievances on the table, critics observe that the ‘silence’ from the head of state on their request was most likely a result of advice by security chiefs.

Their concerns come even as security organs maintain that the group is part of the Al Shabaab, and perpetrators of organized crimes at the coast.

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