Coast youth warned to avoid separatist group

The youth in the coastal counties of Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi and Lamu have been cautioned against associating with members of the outlawed pro-secessionist Mombasa Republican Council (MRC).

Coast regional police commandant Francis Wanjohi is calling on the youth to give the MRC that seeks the breakaway of the coastal region from the rest of the country a wide berth.

In an interview with KNA at Uhuru na Kazi building in Mombasa today, Wanjohi said the security agencies will not allow any group to perpetuate criminal activities in the name of deep-seated grievances and urged the youth not to associate themselves with proscribed organisations.

He said the secessionist group’s dangerous activities posed security threat and reiterated that the security apparatus would not relent to crackdown on MRC members.

‘We are also warning those fanning the embers of secession among the youth they would have themselves to blame,’ he said.

He said in the past two weeks scores of youth with MRC paraphernalia have been arrested in Mariakani and Kaloleni townships in Kilifi county and Kisauni in Mombasa.

On his part Mombasa County Commissioner Nelson Marwa says reports that MRC was administering oaths to recruits in parts of the coastal city was being investigated.

‘We have arrested in the recent past several youth with MRC identification documents and fatigues and we have heightened security measures,’ said Marwa.

Members of the banned group believe that taking oaths makes them invisible and protects them from arrest and harm during crackdowns.

By Hussein Abdullahi