Sonko distances himself from whereabouts of MRC leader in ongoing case


Mombasa, KENYA: Nairobi Senator Mike Mbuvi Sonko has distanced himself from allegations linking him to the whereabouts of the Mombasa Republican Council leader Omar Hamisi Mwamunuadzi.

Speaking to the journalist in Mombasa after attending a court session on Tuesday, Sonko said it is the mandate of the police to investigate the whereabouts of Mr.Mwamunuadzi.

Sonko accused the prosecution of dragging the case against the accused persons.

He said that he earlier received information that Mr. Mwamunuadzi was dead but he could not confirm since he did not see his death certificate.

“The court should withdraw cases against the MRC persons, Last year the Court of Appeal upheld a decision to lift the ban on the secessionist group,” he said.

In its decision, the Court of Appeal ruled that the government’s ban on MRC six years ago was improperly effected even if the group was considered a threat to national security.

The five judge bench dismissed the State’s appeal against a 2012 Mombasa High Court decision setting aside the 2010 ban.

They also ruled that a government cannot use force to shut down an agenda for secession and therefore the ban failed the test of an Executive decision taken in the name of protection of national security.

In October, Senator Mbuvi pleaded with the court to give him three months in order to explain the whereabouts of Mwamunuadzi.

Mombasa Senior Resident Magistrate Viola Yator ordered Sonko to appear again in court on 7th April for further directions from trial court.

Ms Yator also issued a warrant of arrested against six MRC who were absent in court.

Court had issued a warrant of arrest against Mwamunuadzi after he failed to attend a court session last year.

Mwamunwazi his wife and 19 other people are facing charges of being in possession of firearms and offensive weapons.

The offences were allegedly committed on October 15, 2012 in Kombani, Kwale County.

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