Kwale leader claims govt working with MRC
29 July 2016, 10:07
Kwale - Kwale ODM secretary, Omar Boga has faulted appellate court's judgment upholding a decision to lift ban on the Mombasa Republican Council (MRC) secessionist group saying the government might be working with the group to ensure coastal residents do not overwhelmingly vote for CORD in 2017.
He said the court's decision is suspect because of its timing since it was delivered some months to general election just like 2013 when the group disrupted elections in the region.
“We agree that coast has been marginalized for a long time. We agree that MRC is not a violent outfit but was agitating for secession of coastal region. But our worry is the timing of the ruling favoring MRC,” he said.
He said the ruling by appellant court might affect locals who did not vote in 2013 for fear of the group.
Boga asked MRC to prepare for the general election as they continue to engage the national government on their issues.
The MCA said as leaders, they suspect the court's decision might be a government gimmick to ensure the group scare coast people from voting.
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Boga asked the government to ensure it solves issues of land injustices, infrastructure and unemployment raised by MRC group in the coast region.
Court of Appeal Judges Daniel Musinga, William Ouko, Patrick Kiage, Kathurima M’Inoti and Jamila Mohammed ruled in Nairobi that the government’s ban on MRC six years ago was improperly effected, even if the group was considered a threat to national security.
Dismissing the State’s appeal against a 2012 Mombasa High Court ruling that set aside the 2010 ban, the judges pointed out that the Internal Security minister erred in effecting it.
“I am persuaded that the High Court came to the right conclusion, that the proscription of MRC by the Internal Security minister was unconstitutional,” ruled Justice Musinga.
On the secession debate, the judges ruled that a government cannot use force to shut down an agenda of secession and, therefore, the ban failed the test of an Executive decision taken in the name of protection of national security.
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