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Mombasa Republican Council demand “independence” from Kenya

February 7, 2012 Leave a comment
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Mombasa Republican Council

Kenya Muslim leaders have asked the government to de-list the Mombasa Republican Council as an illegal group in order to enable dialogue.

In its manifesto, the Mombasa Republican Council claims that their country (Coast province) has become a field for Kenyans to steal their wealth and demands the removal of Kenya’s administration and with the end result being an independent country with Mombasa as the capital city.

The major grievances that gave rise to the Mombasa Republican Council are land matters, employment opportunities and generally poor economic situation. Many native Mombasa and Coast residents decry the fact that the major industries there including tourism and farming are dominated by upcountry Kenyans (Wabara) or foreigners.

The Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya said that the MRC’s concerns were genuine and urged the government to give them a hearing to ensure a peaceful election period at the Coast.

“The group has conducted all its activities peacefully. Let all government bodies interested in talks with them prove their seriousness by first legalising the group in order to bind the deliberations,” said CIPK secretary-general Sheikh Mohammed Dor.

This comes after the Mombasa Republican Council filed a constitutional application at the High Court to demand a referendum on the secession of the Coast.

Internal Security minister George Saitoti said last week that the group has to renounce the secession agenda for the government to listen to its grievances.

The MRC is demanding secession over historical land grievances in the Coast region.

The government banned the group in 2009, but it has refused to go, deciding instead to challenge the ban.

The group’s secretary-general Randu Nzai Ruwa says the Mombasa Republican Council is “a social movement of the poor” and has huge following in the province.

“We do not hide because our cause is justified in the eyes of man and God,” Mr Nzai was quoted as saying.

It is not possible to estimate how much support the MRC has among the general population at the Coast province because many residents are not willing to openly declare support for a group labelled illegal by the authorities.

ICC 6 ruling for Uhuru, Ruto raises tension in Kenya

January 21, 2012 Leave a comment

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Kenyans are anxious to know the fate of the ICC 6, the people accused by International Criminal Court prosecutor of having criminal responsibility for the violence following elections of 2007.

Kenya’s shilling and stocks both have been on downward trend as fears over possible ramifications of the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) announcement that it would rule on Monday on Kenya’s 2007-08 post-election violence.

Some traders had predicted the ICC proceeding would have little impact on the market, adding that political risk from the case against six high profile Kenyans had already been factored into the shilling’s price.

Fact is that the finance minister Uhuru Kenyatta is one of the ICC suspects awaiting ruling on the 23rd January that would be delivered from The Hague in Netherlands.

The ICC will announce on Jan. 23 whether it has confirmed charges of crimes against humanity levelled against the six, including the finance minister and a former cabinet member.

The 6 suspects were either in PNU government or affiliated to ODM whose leader is current Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

Some terms associated with the trial have become well known even in the remotest villages: Ocampo 6, ICC justice and The Hague trials have become common words in Kenya.

The International Criminal Court will decide on January 23 whether six high-profile Kenyans, including presidential contenders Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto, should be tried for crimes against humanity, it said on Friday.

The decision by the Hague-based court – whose proceedings have been closely followed in Kenya – could have far-reaching political consequences for the biggest economy in east Africa.

The six politicians and officials are suspected of orchestrating the violence that followed a disputed election in December 2007, in which at least 1,200 people died and hundreds of thousands were forced from their homes.

They were accused by former ICC chief prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo of being the masterminds of the violence that almost turned into outright civil war.

Other suspects in the case are Henry Kosgey, Joshua Sang, Francis Muthaura and Mohammed Hussein Ali.
Kosgey is a long serving MP for Tinderet and cabinet minister. Muthaura is the head of civil service while Ali is former police commissioner. Sang is a radio broadcaster with KASS fm, a Kalenjin language station.

Most focus has been on Uhuru and Ruto because they are still in contention to become Kenyan president during elections slated for later this year.